Summary of Research Results: Stephen Lesche

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.

"Barriers to Uptake in Cataract Surgery Among Rural Populations in Southern Ghana," Stephen Lesche, Post-Baccalaureate Student, University of Maryland - Baltimore

In this initial study of potential patient barriers to eye care in Southern Ghana, it was discovered that, despite varying vision status, 85% of participants reported previous knowledge about sight restoration, and 65% reported that they had made previous attempts to restore sight. Yet, 90% of participants reported that they had not been offered cataract surgery in the past, and there was little knowledge of other cataract patients or surgery patients among the respondents. However, 85% of participants reported positive support for surgery from family, and 90% of participants reported plans to have cataract surgery after the assessment at the time of study. This is an initial assessment based on a small sample size of 20 participants. A robust version of this student is planned for Summer 2012.