Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Prevalence of Amblyopia and Refractive Errors in an Unscreened Population of Children

Prevalence of Amblyopia and Refractive Errors in an Unscreened Population of Children

....Refractive errors ranged from 84.2% in children aged up to 2 years to 75.5% in those aged 10 to 12 years. Refractive error showed a myopic shift with age; myopia prevalence increased from 2.2% in those aged 6 to 7 years to 6.3% in those aged 10 to 12 years. Of the examined children, 77 (16.3%) had refractive errors, with visual loss; of these, 60 (78%) did not use corrections. The prevalence of amblyopia was 3.1%, and refractive error attributed to the amblyopia in 9 of 13 (69%) children.....

Comments: Children do not need to be screened. The outcomes of vision screening have been shown to be poor. Our children need full, comprehensive eye examinations at least once a year until high school. DM

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