Optometry Services in Saudi Arabia

  •  Abdullah Alotaibi    


The purpose of this research study is to examine the quality of services provided by the Optometrists in the four provinces of Saudi Arabia. Further, recommendations shall be provided for future improvements based on the findings of the study. Two hundred and forty healthcare facilities were examined by conducting a questionnaire-based survey. Among these healthcare facilities, around 210 facilities were administered by private sector. The study hypothesis to be tested is based on evaluating the impact of hospital category on the quality of optometric services provided. The questionnaires were analyzed by the application of Chi-square test and it was observed that the responses of the participants do not vary on the basis of type of hospital, but the quality of services were dependent on the number of visiting patients. This shows that higher number of patients in the government hospitals, as compared to private and military healthcare centers increase the clinical experience of the practitioners and hence could be associated with the quality of care provided. The government and healthcare agencies should collaborate to develop standardized methods for eye-care delivery which are consistent with the guidelines of World Council of Optometry. Moreover, adequate training and awareness should be provided to the healthcare professionals to ensure quality clinical practices.

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