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Prevalence and Risk Factors of Refractive Errors Among Preparatory School Students in Beni-Suef, Egypt

  • The purpose of this study was to detect the prevalence and risk factors of RE among preparatory school students in Beni-Suef, Egypt.

  • A total of 469 school students aged 12~14 years received visual acuity (VA) assessments using Snellen’s chart, and students who failed the test (visual acuity worse than 6/9 in either eye) were subjected to refractive evaluation using an autorefractor.

  • The overall prevalence of RE among the sampled students was 22.8% (71% myope and 29% hyperope). There was a statistically significant association between RE and family factors. Students whose parents both wore glasses were more likely to have RE (P < 0.001, OR = 3.24) and students with two or more siblings wearing glasses showed higher rates of RE (P < 0.001, OR = 4.5). Students with RE reported more hours/day watching TV (P < 0.001, OR = 3.59).

  • The prevalence of RE in preparatory school students in Beni-Suef was detected. Family history and indoor activities are determining risk factors for RE. Nearly half of our school students with RE were newly detected in this study.

Publication date

March 12, 2019

Publication

Journal of Public Health

Authors

Ahmed Emad El-Din Arafa, Ashraf Abd Elazim Ewis, Waleed Mohamed Mahran, Amel Abd Elazim Mohamed, and Ekram Mohamed El-Shabrawy
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