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Table 3 Current practice pattern (n = 70)

From: Practice scope and job confidence of two-year trained optometry technicians in Eritrea

Details of practice Number of Optometry Technicians (%)
Type of health institute National Referral Hospital 12 (17.1)
Regional (Zoba) Hospitals 20 (28.6)
Vision Centre 38 (54.3)
Involvement in specific practice area Refraction 70 (100)
Dispensing 44 (62.9)
Clinical examination of patients 25 (35.7)
Diagnostic examination 16 (22.9)
Low vision 3 (4.3)
Binocular vision/orthoptics evaluation/management 8 (11.4)
Other areas (operation theatre assistance, minor surgery) 5 (7.10)
Community outreach programs 8 (11.4)
Prescribing medicines for eye diseases 27 (38.6)
Specific details in refraction practice Performs objective refraction in all possible cases 64 (91.4)
Uses only autorefractor for objective refraction 63 (90.0)
Routinely prescribes glasses without subjective verification 7 (10.0)
Performs cycloplegic refraction in indicated cases 15 (21.4)