Prevalence of Refractive Errors among Dental Scholars and Supporting Auxiliary Staff in a Government Hospital of Kashmir - A Cross-Sectional Study
The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of refractive errors among dental students in Kashmir, a city in the North of India.
This was a cross-sectional institutional based study conducted on 488 subjects aged 18-23 years, 24- 29 years and 30- 35 years.
The overall prevalence of refractive errors was 85.41%, myopia being the most common type with a prevalence of 53.7% and higher in females (56.67%).
The prevalence of hypermetropia in this study was lesser than myopia and astigmatism, with a total prevalence of 21.5% affecting more males (27.09%) than females (18.41%).
The study found 10.18 % students with astigmatism.
The study showed more than 75% students had refractive errors where most of the students were unaware of the defects, thus suggest the need to promote student’s eye health.