Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ophthalmic manifestations of children with Down syndrome in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Ophthalmic manifestations of children with Down syndrome in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

.....Refractive errors were prevalent ....., whereas the prevalence of ocular diseases was low when compared to age-matched control participants. This study highlights the need for ophthalmic care in children with DS. Routine eye care such as the use of spectacles when necessary is recommended for people with DS at all ages to improve their educational and social needs as well as overall quality of life.....

Comments: It did not appear as if they assessed accommodative function in their population. The incidence of focusing dysfunctions in those with Down Syndrome is so high that you should typically assume that a plus add is needed for near tasks. (See Woodhouse M. Maino D. Down Syndrome. In Taub M, Bartuccio M, Maino D. (Eds) VisualDiagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. New York, NY;2012:31-40. for a review of the vision problems associated with those who have Down Syndrome)

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