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Ramachandran, A., Snehalatha, C., Kapur, A., et al. (2001) High Prevalence of Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance in India: National Urban Diabetes Survey. Diabetologia, 44, 1094-1101.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s001250100627

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  • TITLE: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Patients with Diabetes Regarding Eye Care: A Cross Sectional Study

    AUTHORS: Eberechukwu Ogbeanu Achigbu, Reginald Nnamdi Oputa, Kingsley Ihedioha Achigbu, Ikenna Ugochukwu Ahuche

    KEYWORDS: Diabetes, Knowledge, Impact, Eye, Management

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol.6 No.2, May 12, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Introduction: The non-communicable eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy have become significant threats to vision and require lifelong management. The development of ocular complications of diabetes has been associated with longstanding and/or poorly controlled disease. Early detection and prevention are keys to reduce this scourge, but this largely depends on the existing knowledge. Objective: This study is aimed at determining the knowledge, attitude and practice regarding eye care among patients living with diabetes with a view to making recommendations for a multidisciplinary patient-centered approach to ophthalmic care. Methods: One hundred and three respondents were interviewed using a structured questionnaire in a cross sectional study carried out in the Endocrinology Clinic of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Results: There was a female preponderance with a male to female ratio of 1:1.3. Of these respondents, 68.9% had been diabetic for 5 years or less; 56.4% could define diabetes; but only 40.77% could mention some ocular complications of diabetes. Only 31.1% had had their eyes examined; the rest had not been to an eye clinic due to lack of funds, time, no ocular problems and not having been referred to an eye doctor. This attitude and practice were not significantly associated with age, sex, occupation or duration of illness. Conclusion: Though more than half of the respondents could define diabetes, there is still a poor knowledge of the ocular complications of diabetes and a poor attitude and practice regarding eye care among these patients. An interdisciplinary patient-centred approach to the management of diabetic eye diseases is recommended so as to reduce the burden of visual impairment from diabetes.