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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-175

A Cross-sectional survey on workplace-related difficulties among glaucomatous personnel in aviation maintenance tasks

1 Centre for Sight, Delhi, India
2 Executive Director, NHSRC, Delhi, India
3 Classified Specialist, 6 AF Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Lt Col (Dr) Arun Kumar Yadav
Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmms.jmms_22_22

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Introduction: Quality of life and work are affected in glaucoma patients due to their disease or treatment. Many papers have identified factors that may affect the life of glaucoma patients. There is no assessment of personnel employed in aviation maintenance tasks suffering from glaucoma at the workplace to the best of our knowledge. Methods: A total of 63 personnel working in aviation maintenance tasks diagnosed with glaucoma were requested to fill a pro forma consisting of 20 questions about their vision-related duties. The questionnaire was designed using a standard technique. The data were entered into an excel sheet and statistically analyzed. Results: About 15.9% had visual problems mainly at night, 4.8% had difficulties walking on uneven ground, 7.9% had difficulty viewing objects in the periphery, 1.6% in crossing roads, 6.3% in climbing stairs, none had any problems in color differentiation, and 1.6% had problems while working on aircraft parts. Conclusions: In the present study, the glaucomatous patient might not have any difficulty in carrying out task in aviation industry; however, regular follow-up and close monitoring of the cohort is required to confirm the findings of the study.

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