Date of Award

5-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Elizabeth Peake

Abstract

Many patients are affected by a vast number of ocular diseases and refractive conditions. Some of the most common eye conditions that readily affect the population are discussed here which include Glaucoma, ARMD, Cataracts, Presbyopia, Diabetes, Amblyopia, Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Strabismus. During the patient education component of an eye exam many individuals benefit from both verbal and visual aids for enhanced comprehension. With the development of modem technology, many patients look towards computers for information. The power-point presentations given here will allow patients to take advantage of that avenue. The power-point presentations use layman's terms to describe the eye diseases and refractive conditions, give their signs and symptoms, treatment options, outcomes, and prevention modalities.

PROBLEM STATEMENT Many times a patient comes in to have a routine eye exam and is diagnosed with one of the above ocular diseases or refractive conditions. Much of the explanation provided by the practitioner is done so with complex medical terms which are too difficult for the patient to understand. Furthermore, the patient can be in a state of shock such that they do not process a vast majority of what the practitioner is saying. At best the patient will remember about ten percent of what the practitioner told him or her. At the most a patient may receive some written literature from the practitioner to read at their leisure. Often this material is too complicated for the patient to understand and is quickly forgotten or is not available at all. Patient education is a vital component to managed care that should not be taken lightly. It can be the deciding factor that determines how successful the practitioner's treatment plan will be. How aggressive a doctor's patient education is will also determine the likely hood of the patient returning for future care which is crucial to the ultimate well being of the patient. In many practices a high volume of patients are seen and consequently patient education has taken a secondary role. Furthermore, a rigorous yet simple education tool can ensure quality and consistency of patient education in a multiple and fast-paced doctor practice, thus bringing patient education back to a primary setting.

SOLUTION Power-point presentations were developed that describe some of the most common eye conditions. These presentations focus on a brief description of the condition, signs, symptoms, management plans, treatment options, and things to do for prevention. The power-points were developed in simple-to-understand language for everyone to use. These presentations contain many pictures and can easily be used on a laptop computer during the patient education portion of the exam. The presentations can also be printed out to give to the patient to take home at the end of the exam. In the pages to come you will see a printed version of all the power-point presentations.

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