Level of Eye Care Among Eye Care Providers Themselves

Emily G. Sherry, Kathryn E. Lewis, Leen S. Azeez, Daniel Mojica, Ahmad Kheirkhah

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Objectives:To assess the prevalence of eye disease and frequency of eye examinations among eye care providers themselves.Methods:In this cross-sectional study, an anonymous questionnaire was used to evaluate occurrence of eye disease and frequency of eye examinations among eye care providers including the clinicians (ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, and optometrists) as well as the support staff (ophthalmic technicians and eye clinic administrative staff).Results:The survey response rate was 98 of 173 (56.6%) including 50 ophthalmic technicians, 27 ophthalmologists, 7 ophthalmology residents, 6 optometrists, and 8 eye clinic administrative staff members. The most common reported ocular condition was dry eye disease (36.7%). Myopia and hyperopia were present in 60 (61.2%) and 13 (13.3%), respectively. Myopia was significantly more prevalent among the clinicians (75.0%) than in the support staff (51.7%, P=0.02). The most recent eye examination was within the past year in 42 (42.9%), 1 to 2 years in 28 (28.6%), 3 to 5 years in 14 (14.3%), and over 5 years in 10 (10.2%). Four (4.1%) had never had an eye examination before. The number of eye examinations received was significantly higher in the support staff compared with the clinicians for the past one year (0.86±0.74 vs 0.43±0.59, respectively, P=0.003) and the past five years (2.81±2.08 vs 1.75±1.78, respectively, P=0.01).Conclusions:Dry eye disease and myopia are common among eye care providers. A significant portion of eye care providers do not have regular eye examinations for themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-347
Number of pages4
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Eye care
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Ophthalmology residents
  • Optometrists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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