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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

Print version ISSN 0864-2176On-line version ISSN 1561-3070


ROJAS ALVAREZ, Eduardo. Pterygium: going beyond the medical aspects. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.2. ISSN 0864-2176.

An exploratory study was conducted about the environmental, economic, psychological and Social aspects related to pterygium, with the objective of making a comprehensive analysis of this topic that allows us to fully understand it and raise the quality of life of those patients suffering this disorder. The following conclusions were drawn> the geographical distribution of pterygium is closely related to the environmental characteristics, the cost of diagnosis and treatment of this disease points to an extension of free services in the coming years; the ongoing information using all the possible channels about "Miracle Mission" and the whole health-disease process of pterygium has a remarkable impact on the decision-making process of our patients. The psychological elements of image, self-image and level of frustration are aspects to be taken into consideration for the comprehensive analysis of this disease. Occupation and the characteristics of the environment are determining factors in the implementation of effective health promotion and prevention strategies according to risky areas and risk groups.

Keywords : Pterygium; environment; economy; society; psychology.

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