IMPACT OF VISION IMPAIRMENT OF ELDERS IN BADULLA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA

  • H.L. Hansi Apsara Department of Sociology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
Keywords: Vision impairment, eye health services, ageing, cataract surgery, Sri Lanka

Abstract

The developing weight of vision impairment (VI) among older people is an advancement challenge in Asian countries. This investigation meant to comprehend older people’s perspectives and experiences about the effect of VI and obstructions to eye care to illuminate arrangements to address this challenge. We directed 8- 12 focus group discussions in 2017 with resigned Tamil and Sinhala elders in Badulla district, Sri Lanka (n = 107). Selection criteria for each group were that participants should speak the same language, include a range of ages over 60 years, and both married and widowed elders. VI was not one of the selection criteria. The elders were selected through local government officers for the villages and through Estate Medical Assistants for the estate divisions with using Judgment Sampling. Information was broken down specifically. Older people portrayed the expansive effects VI has on their lives. They stress over getting to be noticeably needy. VI confines their capacity to add to their families and groups, to get data, associate, keep up their wellbeing. Obstructions to eye care services incorporate transport challenges, expenses of treatment, fear, absence of learning, holding up times, and wellbeing staff mentalities. Older people experience and dread the effects of VI on their wellbeing and prosperity. Eye wellbeing advancement and care services require reinforcing and reconciliation with the essential social insurance framework to address the accumulation and developing need among older people in an evenhanded way. Older people ought to be counseled about how to conquer the monetary, social, and social obstructions to access to eye mind and to limit the effect of VI.

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Published
2018-06-29
How to Cite
Apsara, H. H. (2018). IMPACT OF VISION IMPAIRMENT OF ELDERS IN BADULLA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Proceedings of Global Public Health Conference, 1(1), 17-26. https://doi.org/10.17501/globeheal.2018.1103