Friday, January 2, 2015

Impact of Simulated Hyperopia on Academic-Related Performance in Children.

Impact of Simulated Hyperopia on Academic-Related Performance in Children.

"...A relatively low level of simulated bilateral hyperopia impaired children's performance on a range of academic-related outcome measures, with sustained near work further exacerbating this effect. ..."

Comments: Ever since I was in optometry school (dinosaurs still roamed the earth at that time), optometrists have clinically known that even low amounts of hyperopia could adversely effect academic performance because of its neurological interactions with accommodation and vergence. The evidence continues to accumulate that hyperopia and vision function effects school performance. 

Vision screening often misses these vision related learning problems. ONLY a full, comprehensive eye and vision examination will diagnose these problems. Our children deserve full examinations and not just vision screenings. 

Read more about it here:

Other articles:

Association between reading speed, cycloplegic refractive error, and oculomotor function in reading disabled children versus controls

Hyperopia and educational attainment in a primary school cohort

Comparison of visual characteristics in children with and without learning difficulties.

The Role of Vision in Learning Disorders

Articles about vision screening:

Research and comments from past MainosMemos blog posts:

Effectiveness of screening systematic review

Population based preschool vision screening programmes cannot be sufficiently assessed by the literature currently available. However, it is most likely that the present systematic review contains the most detailed description of the main limitations in current available literature evaluating these programmes. Therefore, future research work should be guided by the findings of this publication.

Comments: I don't get it...this paper says there is NO evidence that consistently supports vision screening....why isn't optometry and InfantSee shouting this from the roof tops?DM (Looks like they are!!!)

Evidence-based medicine: the value of vision screening.

This paper answers a couple of questions about the value of vision screening. The questions were:

(1) Is vision valuable (an inherent good)?; (1) yes 
(2) Is screening effective (finding amblyopia)?; (2) no
(3) Is amblyopia detection beneficial? (3) economic productive values are likely very high, with returns of investment on the order of 10:1,

The Impact of Pediatric Vision Disorders in Adulthood

The Economic Value Added (EVA) Resulting from Medical Care of Functional Amblyopia, Strabismus, (Pathologies of Binocular Vision) and Asthma

Teen Eye Chart Screening Misses Some Problems 

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