Summary of Research Results: Nathan Gebhard

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.

"Review of Ophthalmic History, Barriers to Eye Care, and Perceptions of Family Eye Care in Rural Honduras," Nathaniel Gebhard, Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine

This study provided insight about the history and perceptions of eye care among family members of outreach patients. The research found that 54% of study participants had family members with eye problems, including cataracts (42% of positive reports) and blurry vision (26% of positive reports). 68% of the respondents said that they considered bringing a family member to the outreach so that they, too, could receive an eye exam and eye care. 85% of the respondents said that they believed that a family member would benefit from an eye exam. However, patients had perceived barriers to bringing family members. Among these barriers, reasons included distance or limited transportation (25%), lack of time or conflict with work (63%), and unavailability due to caring for others (12%).