Effects of a Health Education Program on Eye Care Behaviors of Selected Students in Saraburi Province Who Wear Contact Lenses

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Jettana Wongsasung
Suwadee Takan
Phartana Seetisan
Suchewa Nuthong


This quasi-experimental research aimed to study the effects of a Health Education Program on eye care behavior of 30 students who wear contact lenses and were selected by using purposive sampling. The educational program consisted of education, guidance, and support to create an environment that promoted self-care. Data were collected using a questionnaire for eye health care behavior, and analyzed by a t-test. The research found that students’ eye care behavior improved after being exposed to the educational program (t = -8.15, p < .05). Therefore, instruction concerning proper eye care and performing continuous follow-up helped to enhance proper eye care behavior. This especially included seeking prompt assistance from an ophthalmologist when eye abnormalities were experienced, removing contact lenses before showering or swimming, using the hands to gently rub and clean the lenses, reading or writing in a well-lit place with materials about 300 mm away from the eyes, and eating foods that were high in vitamin A or carotene to nourish the eyes. These behaviors helped to prevent eye problems associated with wearing contact lenses.


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