Summary of Research Results: Ryan Elliott

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.

Ryan Elliott, "Perceptions of Children's Eye Care from Mothers and Caretakers in Honduras"

This study aims to identify barriers to eye care for children in Honduras. Data was collected from 160 adult, female patients with children at ZOE Eye Clinic during the summer of 2012. Most participants (61.2%) said that the children in their household had never had an eye exam, and most (63.7%) did not bring their children with them to the outreach or clinic where they were being seen. Statistical analysis revealed that child attendance was higher when a child in the household had received an eye exam previously, or when a child had experienced eye problems. Of note, children who had an untreated eye problem were not significantly more likely to be in attendance. Interestingly, while believing that children would benefit from an eye exam was not related to child attendance, those who demonstrated a stronger understanding of eye care were more likely to have brought their children.