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Profile of Patients Visiting a Tertiary Eye Hospital and their Perception Regarding Barrier for Eye Care Services in the Western Saudi Arabia

Moustafa Magliyah


Ali Alsaedi


Nawwaf Alqahtani


Mohammed Almalki


Adel Alharthi


Weam Qutub


Rajiv Khandekar

Moustafa Magliyah 1

Ali Alsaedi 2 Nawwaf Alqahtani 2 Mohammed Almalki 2 Adel Alharthi 2 Weam Qutub 2 Rajiv Khandekar 7

  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Prince Mohammed Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1

  2. Department of Ophthalmology, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia 2

  3. Department of Research, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 7

Pages: 12-14

DOI: 10.18488/journal.9/2017.4.1/

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Article History:

Received: 28 November, 2016
Revised: 23 December, 2016
Accepted: 09 January, 2017
Published: 01 February, 2017


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.
Contribution/ Originality
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.

Competing Interests:

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.

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