Free Eye Examination Policy for Primary School Students North Larangan, Banten

Zulkarnain Febri Wicaksono1), Adang Bachtiar2)


1)Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Indonesia

2)Department of Health Policy Administration, Faculty of Public Health,

Universitas Indonesia



Background: Playing videogames or looking at smartphone for long period of time may cause visual dysfunction such as myopia and amblyopia. This visual dysfunction al­so impairs learning activity among primary students. Vision screening for school-aged chil­dren becomes important to detect the eye problem. This study aimed to in­vestigate the free eye examination policy for primary school students North La­rangan, Banten.

Subjects and Method: This was a descriptive qualitative study conducted at North Larangan, Tang­erang, Banten, in July 2019. A sample of 6 informants and 28 primary students were selected for this study. The informants were in­cluding chief of the citizen association, chief of the neighborhood association, optic owner, refractions, parents, and primary student. The theme of this study was ana­lysis of the free eye examination policy for primary school students. The data were col­lec­­ted by in-depth interview and direct observation. The data were analyzed by con­tent analysis.

Results: The citizen association 005 collaborated with Remaja optic for free routine eye examination program for primary school students and health education. The results of the eye examination were 20 students had ≥-1.00, 4 students had ≥-2.00, 3 students had ≥-3.00 and 1 student had ≥-4.00. This program had just been im­ple­mented, and its effect on the reduction of visual dysfunction had not been identified. Eye health edu­cation was carried out by refractions for students and parents. The citi­zen asso­ciation 005 made a regulation imposing for 4 hour com­pulsory study at home in order to reduce time for playing online game.

Conclusion: Free routine eye examination for primary school students in citizen asso­cia­tion 005 has been started, but its effect on the reduction of visual dysfunction has yet to be identified. The compulsory study hour has also been implemented although its en­forcement is weak.

Keywords: free routine eye examination, primary school students.

Correspondence: Zulkarnain Febri Wicaksono. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, West Java. Email: Mobile: 083840987872.


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