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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 129-133

Islamic-oriented literacy in arabic as an aid for determining the reading glass needs of non-western educated muslims Ilorin, Nigeria

Departments of Ophthalmology, Universit y of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria

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A O Mahmoud
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Department o f Ophthalmology, U ni versit y o f Ilorin Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 13834 , Baboko, Ilori n
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Background: Muslim presbyopes In Nigeria who require reading glasses and who are only and minimally literate In Arabic; experience difficulty In getting properly assessed for this in the eye clinics because of their Illiteracy in western education. Aim: The aim is to design an appropriate Arable near reading test chart (ANRTC) for such presbyopes In llorln, Nigeria. Methods: Short continuous reading passages In Arable were designed with their separate corresponding transliteration , and then formatted Into varying print sizes (N5-N48). After validation with the standard English reading chart among dual-literate (Arabic and English ) lecturers, the ANRTC was then used to determine the reading glass needs of presbyopes. Results: ANRTC was found meaningful and readable, validated well with the standard English one among 12 dual-literate lecturers, and also found easy to use In accurately determining the reading glass need of 50 Individuals. Conclusions and Recommendations: ANRTC was found very useful In determining the reading glass needs of some Nigeria Muslims who has no western education. This chart or its adaptation would also be found useful in other non-Arable speaking Muslim populations of Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

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