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Study probes barriers to preschool eye exams

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2010

Keywords: pediatric vision screening, early detection, comprehensive eye exams, preventing visual disability, vision disorders, school vision screenings

Early detection enables successful management, but more children need to be checked

By Cheryl Guttman, Reviewed by Marc Taub, OD
Optometry Times, January 2010 

Orlando, FL—The findings from two studies of pediatric vision screening performed by students and faculty of the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) provide further evidence of the inadequacy of the state of vision examination in young children and indicate the role fo parents and their understanding of vision screenings as limitations to comprehensive eye examinations, said Marc Taub, OD, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.

“We know that vision problems, including refractive error, strabismus, and amblyopia, are prevalent among preschool and school age children and that many vision disorders can be detected and treated early in life to hopefully prevent problems in school and with social and physical health,” said Dr. Taub, assistant professor, SCO, Memphis, TN. “However, available data indicate that no more than one-fourth of preschool children receive any type of vision screening.

“Our findings confirm that only a small minority of preschool children receive an eye-care examination by an eye-care practitioner (ECP) and further indicate that parents and their views regarding pediatrician vision screenings represent two of the biggest barriers to helping identify vision disorders through comprehensive eye examinations. A solution to this problem will depend on better legislation that mandates vision examination and treatment,” he noted.

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