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Document ID (ISN)100030
CIS number 02-1279
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fenga C., Aragona P., Cacciola A., Ferreri F., Spatari G., Stilo A., Spinella R., German˛ D.
Title Ocular discomfort and conjunctival alterations in operating room workers: A single-institution pilot study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2001, Vol.74, No.2, p.123-128. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract A questionnaire study was carried in an Italian hospital among 213 subjects working in operating theatres and 40 other hospital workers, aimed at investigating the prevalence of ocular discomfort symptoms. A randomized comparative study of the ocular surface and conjunctival cytology was also carried out, comparing two groups of age- and sex-matched subjects among operating-theatre workers reporting ocular discomfort symptoms and randomly-enrolled subjects among other hospital staff. Ophthalmological examination of the ocular surface was performed on each subject. A high prevalence (72.3%) of ocular discomfort symptoms was reported by operating- theatre workers, while in other personnel the prevalence was 55%. The ocular tests showed that the conjunctival features and break-up time were statistically significantly altered in operating-theatre workers reporting ocular discomfort symptoms. Also, the conjunctival impression cytology study showed statistically significant alterations of all the investigated parameters. This seems to indicate that the operating-theatre environment could play a role in the onset of eye disturbances.
Descriptors (primary) eye irritation; operating theatres; hospitals; visual comfort; conjunctivitis
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; comparative study; cytology; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the eye and vision damage