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A deficit in visits to the optometrist by preschool age children: implications for vision screening

Guggenheim, Jeremy Andrew and Farbrother, Jane Elizabeth 2005. A deficit in visits to the optometrist by preschool age children: implications for vision screening. British Journal of Ophthalmology 89 (2) , pp. 246-247. 10.1136/bjo.2004.052027

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Vision screening in children is aimed primarily at detecting non-strabismic amblyopia (other forms of vision defect are generally evident to parents). Such non-strabismic amblyopia occurs mostly as a result of uncorrected refractive errors.1,2 In the December 2003 report by the Child Health Sub-group3 it was recommended that all 4−5 year olds should receive vision screening. The Health For All Children 4 (HFAC4, 2003) “Hall Report”4 and the Children’s Eye Health Working Party guidelines5 similarly suggest vision screening should be undertaken in all 4–5 year olds. This advice is in accord with the results of the first randomised controlled trial of treatment for amblyopia,2 which found that treatment of moderate amblyopia (acuity 6/36−6/18) in preschool aged children was effective.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Optometry and Vision Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Additional Information: Copyright © 2005, British Medical Journal
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-1161
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:58

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