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Table 4 Job confidence of the OTs (n = 70)

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

Job domain Job skills Number of confident OTs (%) Confidence score (out of 3) ± SD Mean domain percentage score ± SD
Refraction Visual Acuity Assessment 69 (98.6) 2.9 ± 0.3 60.7 ± 12.0
Retinoscopy 46 (65.7) 1.8 ± 0.9
Subjective Refraction 65 (92.9) 2.8 ± 0.6
Refraction in Children 15 (21.4) 1.0 ± 0.9
Low vision 12 (17.1) 0.7 ± 0.9
Clinical Examination and Diagnosis History Taking 57 (81.4) 2.5 ± 0.9 43.1 ± 19.3
Slit lamp Examination 23 (32.9) 1.1 ± 1.0
Ophthalmoscopy 33 (47.1) 1.5 ± 0.9
Detection of Anterior Segment Anomaly 22 (31.4) 1.2 ± 0.9
Detection of Posterior Segment Anomaly 12 (17.1) 0.7 ± 0.8
Making a correct diagnosis 27 (38.6) 1.2 ± 0.9
Tonometry 19 (27.1) 1.0 ± 0.9
Primary Eye Care and Management Providing Primary management of common ocular conditions 27 (38.6) 1.3 ± 0.9 41.6 ± 17.9
Providing appropriate referral 39 (55.7) 1.8 ± 1.0
Management of ocular emergency 10 (14.3) 0.7 ± 0.8
Dispensing Services Simple single vision spectacles 30 (42.9) 1.3 ± 1.1 39.8 ± 29.3
Complex (high power) single vision spectacles 30 (42.9) 1.3 ± 1.1
Bifocal spectacles 27 (38.6) 1.2 ± 1.1
Progressive addition spectacles 20 (28.6) 0.9 ± 0.9
Community Service and Management Community Eye Health Education 36 (51.4) 1.5 ± 1.1 43.6 ± 31.6
Screening services 30 (42.9) 1.3 ± 1.0
Vision Centre Management 22 (31.4) 1.1 ± 1.1
Overall Practice 46.4 ± 14.2
  1. OT Optometry technician, SD Standard deviation