Summary of Research Results: Kaitlyn Coleman

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.

Kaitlyn Coleman, "Differences in Perceptions of Eyeglasses in Rural vs. Non-rural Patients in Honduras"

This study assessed the level of correct knowledge about the purpose of eyeglasses among Unite For Sight clinic partners’ outreach patients in Honduras. This study was conducted with ZOE Eye Clinic in Honduras from June 15 – July 15, 2013. A total of 100 individuals participated in the study; participants were asked questions related to socio-economic status, their eye health history, and their knowledge of eyeglasses. The study found that just 38% of patients scored above 60% on a five-question assessment of eyeglasses knowledge. Nearly all patients correctly knew that eyeglasses could improve visual acuity, but many also believed that eyeglasses could alleviate itching, treat physical trauma and improve cataracts. This investigation also found that how well patients understand eyeglasses follows a pattern according to education level, with educated patients generally scoring higher. Additionally, it was found that urban patients generally scored higher than rural patients. Lastly, patients who had personally worn eyeglasses previously or who had a household member who had worn eyeglasses previously also tended to score higher.