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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-33

The effect of strabismus on the quality of life in adult strabismus patients in Egypt

1 Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
2 Algomhoria Hospital, Ophthalmology Department, Alexandria, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed M Elashry
Department of Ophthalmology, Ministry of Health, Al Jomhouryia Hospital
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCRS.JCRS_11_18

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Purpose The study aims at identifying the main concerns affecting quality of life (QOL) in adult strabismus patients in Egypt. Patients and methods Seventy adults with strabismus, 20 with diplopia and 50 without the disease were recruited. Individual interviews, using 11 open-ended questions, were audiotaped, transcribed, and transcripts reviewed. Phrases regarding how strabismus affected everyday life were grouped into topic areas and the frequency of each topic analyzed for patients with and without diplopia. Results With self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and social anxiety was not surprising based on previous studies of the psychosocial effects of strabismus in adults. Nevertheless, some concerns identified in this study were more unexpected, for example appearance in photos, education, marriage, and no treatment for squint. Other concerns in this study were unexpected as most of the patients did not express these problems, for example, in-depth perception, driving, and sports. Conclusion Multiple individual interviews have shown many topics which negatively affect the QOL in strabismic adults. The frequency and type of concerns confirm the importance of health-related QOL assessment as an important aspect of strabismus management. Cultural difference resulted in a different pattern of patient responses and health-related QOL concerns.

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