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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-225

Perspective about blindness and vision 2020-national program for control of blindness among students of different disciplines and general population

1 MBBS (CRRI), Velammal Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Velammal Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sankar Muthuramalingam
Department of Ophthalmology, Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_82_18

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Objectives: To study the awareness about causes of blindness, Eye donation, NPCB and Vision 2020 among students of Medical, Paramedical, Engineering College and General Public in a semi-urban centre. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted at the Velammal Medical College Hospital in 4 months duration, which recruited around 2000 individuals from general public, students from various disciplines. A semi structured Questionnaire was presented and responses were recorded. They were analysed statistically. Results: Almost half of the respondents were not aware about existence of NPCB programme and awareness about existence of programme is high among Nursing Students (96.92%). Awareness about causes of blindness is significantly higher among Medical students (99.23%).Awareness about eye donation is only about 74.5%. Awareness about various aspects of Childhood eye diseases is about 70-80%. Conclusion: There is an improper utilisation of NPCB programme services due to lack of awareness about the same. Some of the strategies that the students were willing to participate were widespread awareness programmes in media and outreach programmes at gross root level. So we should utilise the resources and potential of student community in educating the public.

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