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Thesis

A simplified guide to performing full vision exam in Arabic for non-Arabic speaking eye doctors

1 May 2003

Abstract

This guidebook will help the eye care professional (optometrist or ophthalmologist) to communicate and perform an eye exam with patients who speak Arabic and have limited or no English proficiency. This guidebook will introduce the practitioner to Middle Eastern culture in the context of the medical and social environment. The purpose of this guidebook is to show the eye care practitioner how to communicate and interact with women and men of Middle Eastern origin during the exam. This works by no means represents a complete description of the Middle Eastern culture. The Arabic culture and society is very complex and requires much more anthropological and sociological study. By studying this guide book the eye care practitioner will learn the basic Arabic sentences and cultural background necessary to conduct more effective and useful exam for patients who speak Arabic.


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