Prevalence of myopia among students of Melaka Manipal Medical College at Manipal in India

Kamath, Surekha R and Jessica, SD (2012) Prevalence of myopia among students of Melaka Manipal Medical College at Manipal in India. Indian Journal of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, 1 (1). pp. 19-22.

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Abstract

Myopia is not only inherited but also caused by excessive reading and other close work. The objective of present study was to find out the various genetic and environmental factors contributing to the occurrence of myopia among students. The prevalence of myopia among the first year medical students of MMMC Manipal, India was assessed using a questionnaire. These Malaysian Medical stu - dents belonged to different ethnicity like Chinese, Malay and Indians. Our survey showed that the females had higher prevalence of myopia when compared to males of the same age group. A higher percentage of Chinese medical students were found to have myopia when compared to other Malaysian races. Although there was an association with the level of education, gender, ethnicity and origin with the prevalence of myopia, its occurrence may be reduced by suitable awareness programs and proper knowledge on development of myopia by environmental factors to a great extent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Myopia; Medical students; Chinese; Malay; Indian
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Microbiology
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2013 05:10
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2013 05:10
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79770

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