Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 185--188

Efficacy of Brückner's test for screening of refractive errors by non-ophthalmologist versus ophthalmologist: A comparative study


AR Rajalakshmi, M Rajeshwari 
 Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. A R Rajalakshmi
Department of Ophthalmology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pondy-Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
India

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of Brückner's test as a screening tool for identifying refractive errors by a non-ophthalmologist and to assess the inter-observer variation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental study conducted at a tertiary care medical college hospital. Brückner's test was performed by a non-ophthalmologist followed by an ophthalmologist. The results were confirmed by cycloplegic refraction. RESULTS: The study included 75 children (31 males and 44 females) with a mean age of 13.3 ± 1.2 years. The results of Brückner's test by both non-ophthalmologist and ophthalmologist showed good sensitivity and specificity when compared with cycloplegic refraction. There was a good strength of agreement between the observations of non-ophthalmologist and ophthalmologist. CONCLUSION: Brückner's test is simple, quick, reliable, and easy to administer on children of all age groups that can provide information about the presence of refractive errors by using a coaxial light source such as direct ophthalmoscope. The application of this test by training primary care providers would be of immense value in the early identification of refractive errors.


How to cite this article:
Rajalakshmi A R, Rajeshwari M. Efficacy of Brückner's test for screening of refractive errors by non-ophthalmologist versus ophthalmologist: A comparative study.Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2019;26:185-188


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Rajalakshmi A R, Rajeshwari M. Efficacy of Brückner's test for screening of refractive errors by non-ophthalmologist versus ophthalmologist: A comparative study. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 25 ];26:185-188
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