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THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL AWARENESS AMONG JUNIOR ATHLETES IN KLANG VALLEY, MALAYSIA PDF Print E-mail
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Nurul Atikah Zuhairi, Yau Meng Kuan, Faudziah Abd Manan, Victor Feizal Knight and Rokiah Omar

1 Optometry & Vision Science Program, School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

2 Department of Optometry & Vision Science, Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia

3 Faculty of Medicine and Defence Health, National Defence University of Malaysia, Sungai Besi Camp, Malaysia

*Corresponding author

Rokiah Hj Omar

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ABSTRACT

The lack of awareness about comprehensive eye examination amongst athletes could impact their eye health, hence it needs to be addressed. The authors hypothesize that a majority of athletes in Malaysia have never undergone a thorough eye examination. The present study aims to determine Malaysian athletes’ awareness of the importance of eye assessment. One hundred and twenty-one junior athletes, aged 13 to 16 years participated in the visual screening programme. A questionnaire consisting of fourteen dichotomous questions was developed in two languages, each being English and Malay language and administered prior to eye examination. The questionnaire was designed to measure self-reported visual function, ocular symptoms, and perceptions towards eye health. Questionnaire analysis showed 67.8% of participants never underwent any eye examination. A majority of participants, 66.9% and 75.2%, complained of visual and ocular symptoms respectively. The critical finding of this study showed that 57.9% of participants had reduced vision which could be visually corrected. Overall 90.9% of the participants agreed that eye examination was important. Almost none of the athletes owned any sports safety eyewear nor had undergone any visual training. The importance of wearing protective eyewear during sports needs to be given emphasis. This study implies that athletes' awareness of eye health, as well as visually related issues, is still at a very low level. Hence, the need for comprehensive eye examination and regular review among athletes’ needs to be emphasized. Athletes should also be educated on the importance of regular eye examinations from a young age.

Keywords: visual awareness, visual status, sports vision questionnaire, eye examination, junior athletes

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