Exploration of Quality of Life Among School Children with Myopia in Taiwan

Monday, 30 July 2012

Rei-Mei Hong, RN, PhD
Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chiayi, Taiwan
Li-Ju Lai, MD
Department of Oph, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand the incorrect vision lens may influence quality of life.

Learning Objective 2: The participant will learn that most school children with behavioural problems may due to incorrect eyeglasses.

Over the past few decades, myopia has increased dramatically at the school-age children in Asian. Taiwan is no excused. School children with myopia not only cause inconvenient for their life, but also lead to other problems, such as body image, financial stress, elevation of intra-ocular pressure, and etc

Purpose: The purpose of this research study is to explore the quality of life among school children with myopia.


166 school children (approximately 49.11% of the whole school children) aged 13~ 16 years-old in Chiayi, Taiwan attend the study.  14.79% of the school children with myopia have experienced of headache during the past one year. One ophthalmologic doctor takes the ophthalmologic examination for whole 166 school children with myopia. Only 26.92% of these children with myopia have suitable eyeglasses. The methodology of the study is a descriptive-exploratory study by using content analysis.


The study has four findings: causing sleeping disorders, having headache, increasing anxiety and easily getting angry, and influencing of learning ability 


The findings provide the evidences that school children with myopia in Taiwan have learning disability and psychological problems which may due to incorrect eyeglasses.