Summary of Research Results: Elaine Zhou

Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow volunteers frequently pursue public health research studies in Unite For Sight's Global Impact Lab program. The research topics are developed by Unite For Sight and the partner eye clinics, the research studies are approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the research findings are submitted to the eye clinic partners for program development.

Elaine Zhou, “Evaluating Patient Understanding About Post-Cataract Surgery Medication"

The objective of this study was to assess patient understanding about postoperative care. When 34 patients were surveyed for their perceived reason for postoperative eye drop use, major responses were “to prevent infection” (34%), “to treat cataract” (29%), "do not know" (17%), and “to reduce redness and inflammation” (11%). There did not seem to be a distinct correlation between perceived reason for eye drop use and individual poverty score (a measure of poverty level). An assessment of eye drop administrators revealed that 58% received assistance from youth (children, grandchildren), 19% received assistance from a spouse, and 23% were self-administrators.