Saturday, April 6, 2013

Specific health-related quality of life concerns in children with intermittent exotropia

Specific health-related quality of life concerns in children with intermittent exotropia (IXT)

....Highest impact Child IXTQ items were: "It bothers me that I have to shut one eye when it is sunny," "I worry about my eyes," and "It bothers me because I have to wait for my eyes to clear up." Highest impact Proxy IXTQ items were: "It bothers my child because he/she has to shut one eye when it is sunny" and "My child worries about his/her eyes." Lowest impact Child and Proxy items were "My eyes make it hard to make friends" and "Kids tease me because of my eyes." Ranking of items was similar for younger and older children.....

Comments: Intermittent exotropes tend to have convergence insufficiency (CI). NEI clinical trials have shown that optometric vision therapy is the best treatment for this binocular vision problem. If you have CI or IXT go to http://www.covd.org, http://www.oepf.org, and/or http://www.aoa.org to find a doctor who can help. Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development are Board Certified in this area of diagnosis and treatment. DM

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