Introduction: King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) is a tertiary health
care hospital in western Saudi Arabia. We present the profile of eye
patients visiting this institution and their perceived barriers for the
access to eye care. Methodology: This case series type of study was
conducted between January and June 2014. Close-ended questions were used
to collect the responses of patients. Results: Our series had 165 eye
patients. The proportion of male and female population in the study area
was 57:43. The sex ratio of eye patient was 59:41. Sixty patients (37%)
needed more than one-hour car-drive to reach hospital. Majority of eye
patients were referred from Al-Noor specialist hospital 53(32%) and
Hiraa General Hospital 40 (24%) of Makkah. Conclusion: Eye patients of
KAMC reside mainly in Makkah. Female gender was not while distance was a
barrier for accessing tertiary eye care. The workload in eye unit of
KAMC was low.
This study documents that there are barriers to access Tertiary Eye care in Western Saudi Arabia.
Barriers, Perception, Access to eye care, Ophthalmic services, Tertiary eye hospital, Western Saudi Arabia.
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This study received no specific financial support.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
We thank the staff of ophthalmology department for their cooperation. We thank all eye patients for their active participation.