The Awareness of the Risk of Chronic Use of Steroid Causing Cataract in Tabuke City, Saudi Arabia, 2017

Al Khozym Saeed Ali A.
2018 The Egyptian Journal of Hospital Medicine  
Cataracts could result in very dangerous consequences including worldwide blindness which imposes a great economic burden on people and health authorities. Objectives: Evaluate the knowledge of Saudi subjects in Tabuk City toward the cataract induced by chronic use of steroids. Methods: It is a cross sectional community survey based on a questionnaire sheet that was carried out among sample of adult subjects from different shopping malls, community pharmacists, coffees and masjids of Tabuk City
more » ... sjids of Tabuk City from July to September 2017. Results: All the subjects have already heard about cataract and only 6.4% of them suffered from cataract. The most common source of knowledge among participants were relatives and friend (75.1%). Only 9.1% of the subjects used steroid therapy for long periods as 59.4% of them used topical steroids, followed by 20.3% by oral therapy. Most of the subjects (81.4%) showed inadequate knowledge about the steroid induced cataract. The older age had significant association with good knowledge. Conclusion: The level of knowledge about risks factors of chronic usage of steroid therapy and its effects on cataract was inadequate among most of the subjects, although they were university graduates.
doi:10.12816/0043481 fatcat:7l66qhvuxbfr7ljo5vb3jbjivi