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TITLE:

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VISUAL IMPAIRMENT AND IQ PARTICULARLY AMONG MEDICAL STAFF.

AUTHORS:

Hessa Sharar Alotaibi, Hoda Jehad Abousada, Ghaida Abdullah Aldugman , Sumayah Hamza Banaji , Arwa Hesham Hashim , Rawan Meshal Almuwallad , Fatma mohemmed thani sokail , Haifa’ Hisham A Alwabel, Maha ali alturk, Khlood aziz alzubaidy

ABSTRACT:

Objective: This study aims to determine the relationship between visual impairment and IQ in medical staff. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among medical staff in Saudi Arabia. Data was collected using a predesigned questionnaire. Results: Out of the 142 participants, 74.6% were females and 95.8% were Saudi. More than half of the respondents (54.9%) were medical students and 23.2% were physicians. 49.3% of them had a history of visual symptoms. Of the visually impaired individuals, 57.2% had blurred vision and 25.7% were myopic. Study demonstrated a significant association between age (P=0.038) and professional title (P=0.001) and the IQ mean rank. Conclusion: This study found no significant association between visual impairments and IQ score among the medical participants. There is also a small amount or no focus on the articles and/or researches that assess the intelligence among visually impaired people in Saudi Arabia. Medical students and physicians were found to have higher IQ mean ranks.

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