Noor Dubai Foundation announced that it will reveal the results of the Dubai Eye Health Survey, which was launched last December in partnership with the Dubai Statistics Centre, in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The survey aims to gather population-based data regarding visual impairment in Dubai to learn about the magnitude and causes of eye impairment in the city and plan preventive strategies accordingly. The survey is targeting 2,190 persons who are 40 years and older, out of which 664 are Emiratis and 727 are expatriates.
Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation and CEO of DHA’s Primary Healthcare Sector called on those within the research sample to participate in the comprehensive eye screening.
Dr Taryam revealed that the screening only takes 25-30 minutes per participant and includes a blood test, measuring eye pressure and taking pictures of the retina, as high eye pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of eye problems in the UAE and we want to know the causes of visual diseases and impairment in Dubai.
She stressed the importance of supporting the survey as it provides information that is crucial for the strategic development of eye healthcare in Dubai. It will also provide relevant information needed to plan future projects that will affect the local economy.
She said that it is important for the public to support the survey, which is expected to end in April to contribute to its success.
Dr Taryam concluded by commending efforts of the survey partners who include the DHA, Dubai Statistic Center, Medcare Hospital, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, Noor Bank, The Centre of Eye Research Australia and Rivoli Eye Zone.
Data will be collected from within four DHA Primary Healthcare Centers that have an ophthalmology clinic: Nad AlHamar, AlTowar, AlMizhar, AlMankhoul and two private entities including: Al Zahra Hospital Dubai and Medcare Eye Center.