Introduction. The Hong Kong Vision Study (HKVS) was a pilot study to collect data on the prevalence of eye diseases and risk factors in Hong Kong using methodology comparable to that developed in America and Australia. Aim. The main goal was: to evaluate the application of the methodology in a different culture and language; and to determine the prevalence and risk factors of eye diseases in order to design a larger study of an ethnic Chinese population. Method. This study was patterned after the Melbourne Visual Impairment Project using the Chinese language in data collection and examinations. Conclusion. Well-designed methodology is transferable to different cultures, languages and continents. Use of similar methodology will enable better comparisons and analyses to be made from population-based data.
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This is an abridgment of a thesis submitted by the first author in partial fulfillment of requirements for membership in the American Ophthalmological Society, May 1997. The work was supported by Orbis International, New York, NY; University of Melbourne Collaborative Research Program, Melbourne, AU; Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research Committee and Chinese University of Hong Kong Student Work Scheme, Hong Kong, China; Carl Zeiss, Inc.; Kodak (Far East) Ltd., Hong Kong; and Alcon Laboratories, Fort Worth, TX. Special thanks are in order for the many colleagues participating in this challenging project. A partial list includes Cara Jin and Drs Ron Klein, Joseph Yeung, Patrick Tong, Walton Li, Guy Chan, Jill Keeffe and Patricia Livingston. The medical students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the staff and students of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Optometry were most efficient and helpful.
- Eye disease prevalence
- Hong Kong
- Pilot study
- Population-based study
- Screening study methodology
- Vision impairment