The Readability Level of Websites Regarding COVID-19 Ocular Findings: An Internet-Based Analysis

Hamıdu Hamısı Gobeka, Güllü Jabbarova, Aynur Er, Seray Yörükoğlu, Kudret Kurt, Murat Demirezen, Mustafa Doğan
2022 Van Medical Journal  
The purpose of this single-centered internetbased study was to determine the readability of COVID-19related ocular findings on Turkish websites. Materials and Methods: The first 33 websites that appeared when searching Google for phrases like "Does coronavirus affect the eye," "Coronavirus eye findings," COVID-19-related ocular manifestations," and "Can coronavirus infect the eye" were evaluated using two main readability scores for Turkish texts developed by Ateşman and Bezirci-Yilmaz.
more » ... The average score on Ateşman's readability score was 47. Accordingly, websites providing information about COVİD-19-related ocular findings were discovered to be readable by the 13 th , 14 th , and 15 th grade students. The same websites were found to be readable with an average of 14.7 points on the Bezirci-Yilmaz readability score, requiring 14-15 years of education. Conclusion: The readability of COVID-19-related ocular findings websites was determined to be between 13 th and 15 th grade students. This level is relatively high when compared to the average education level. Treatment adherence issues may arise as a result of website information written in a language that patients and their relatives find difficult to understand.
doi:10.5505/vtd.2022.37431 fatcat:54hahffqtbgfvial5ixpmqbjv4