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Objective: Raising awareness on corneal donation among doctors and medical students is an important step to attain more local corneal donations. The objective of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of medical students regarding corneal donations. Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 5th and final year’s medical students from August 2019 to October 2019. Non-probability convenience sampling was employed. A self-administered questionnaire that evaluated the aspects of knowledge and attitudes about corneal donation was used after informed consent was taken. SPSS 20 was used for statistical analysis. Results: The study participants had a mean score of 3.24+1.86 on the knowledge aspect. Eighty percent correctly recognized that people who die with AIDS cannot donate. The most chosen reason for eyes donation was that pledged corneas can give vision to a blind person (n=66, 47%). Religious beliefs were a major obstacle for eye donation (n=62, 44%). The internet was identified by 79 (56%) of the participants to be the most common source of information. No significant difference was found in the knowledge level of the 5th year (3.31 + 1.84) and final year (3.17 + 1.89) medical students (p=0.65). Conclusion: The study showed a low level of knowledge of students about corneal donations. While raising awareness among medical students is important to increase donation rates, media and internet are not enough for improving the student’s knowledge. Information about the basics of corneal donation is important to fill gaps in knowledge.


Keywords: Knowledge, attitude, corneal donation, Medical students

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Aloudah, K. M., Ataweel, A. A., Agha, S., & Shah, S. W. H. (2021). Knowledge and attitude towards corneal donation: Saudi medical students’ perspective. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal [SQUMJ], 1(1). https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.4.2021.056