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First Author: E.Kanonidou GREECE
Co Author(s): C. Kanonidou V. Konidaris A. Papagianni L. Papazisis
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To evaluate the effect of the use of eyeglasses on the psychology of young adolescents.
Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital of Veria, Veria, Greece.
47 adolescent students (20 boys and 27 girls) with a mean age of 16 years (SD 2.3) participated in the study. Everyone wore glasses to correct underlying refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) since childhood and had no other ocular disease. The effect of the use of eyeglasses on the psychology of the young students was evaluated using questionnaires completed by them.
23% of the adolescents felt disappointment because of the use of glasses. 9% had depression, 41% received teasing by others, and 5% felt shame. Nobody avoided going out with friends or going out alone. 27% worried about losing their eyesight, 34% avoided sports because of the use of glasses and fear of vision loss.
The effect of the use of eyeglasses on the psychology of adolescents is important, especially in the part concerning the acceptance of their classmates and the participation in sports activities. These findings should raise awareness among parents, educators and health professionals to adopt functional ways of handling these stressful situations for adolescents.