Prevalence of colour vision deficiency among medical students and health personnel
AbstractThe prevalence of deficient colour vision is reported to be 8% in White UK men and 0.5% in women.1 In a study of 1214 primary school children in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, the prevalence of colour vision deficiency was found to be 2.6% (males 4.8%, females 0.2%).2 The commonest form of deficient colour vision is red-green deficiency; total colour blindness is very rare. Colour vision defects are inherited as X-linked recessive disorder, which explain its predominance among the males. Even though no specific treatment is available for those affected by this disorder, it is helpful to detect it so that those affected can be counselled about future occupation. The importance of detecting colour vision deficiencies among health personnel is not well appreciated in Malaysia. Thus, we have conducted a study to document the prevalence of this problem among the health personnel and medical students. (copied from article)
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