June 2022
Volume 63, Issue 7
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2022
Work-related Musculoskeletal Problems among Eyecare Professionals
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Leen Saad Azeez
    Ophthalmology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Emily Sherry
    Ophthalmology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Daniel Mojica
    Ophthalmology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Ahmad Kheirkhah
    Ophthalmology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Leen Azeez None; Emily Sherry None; Daniel Mojica None; Ahmad Kheirkhah None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2022, Vol.63, 2792 – A0122. doi:
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      Leen Saad Azeez, Emily Sherry, Daniel Mojica, Ahmad Kheirkhah; Work-related Musculoskeletal Problems among Eyecare Professionals. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2022;63(7):2792 – A0122.

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Abstract

Purpose : Ergonomics are an integral component of eyecare professionals’ health. This study reports on the work-related musculoskeletal problems among eyecare professionals.

Methods : In this cross-sectional study, an anonymous questionnaire survey was distributed among eyecare professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmology residents, ophthalmic technicians, and ophthalmology clinic administrative staff. The following parameters were evaluated in the survey: demographics, musculoskeletal symptoms due to their occupation, and the effects of these symptoms on their work.

Results : 98 eyecare professionals responded which included 50 ophthalmic technicians, 27 ophthalmologists, 7 ophthalmology residents, 6 optometrists, and 8 ophthalmology administrative clinic staff. These included 36 men and 59 women; 3 preferred not to disclose their sex. The mean age was 41.9 ± 12.2 years (range, 21-75 years). Overall, 63 (65.3%) participants had musculoskeletal problems within the past month. These involved the lower back in 38 (38.8%), neck in 36 (36.7%), hand/wrist in 29 (30.0%), shoulder in 24 (24.5%), upper back in 20 (20.4%), and elbow in 8 (8.2%). To manage musculoskeletal problems, the participants had used the following: exercise in 30 (30.6%), analgesics in 21 (21.4%), change of equipment/tools in 12 (12.2%), physical therapy in 10 (10.2%), additional breaks during workdays in 8 (8.2%), taking time off from work in 6 (6.1%), injection of medications in 4 (4.1%), reducing work hours in 2 (2.0%), and 2 (2.0%) with reducing the scheduled cases.

Conclusions : Eyecare professionals have a high prevalence of occupation-related musculoskeletal symptoms, which significantly affect their work. Considering the long-term effects of such musculoskeletal problems on these individuals’ health, proper education and work adjustment are necessary to minimize morbidity associated with such problems.

This abstract was presented at the 2022 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Denver, CO, May 1-4, 2022, and virtually.

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