21.01.2015

Expert examines effectiveness of childhood vision screening

Expert examines effectiveness of childhood vision screening

An expert has examined the effectiveness of vision screening in children and whether it could be more widespread, particularly in Germany.

In an issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Wolf A Lagreze examined whether or not childhood screening for vision disorders in preschool children is worthwhile, focusing on conditions such as retinopathy of prematurity.

"Retinopathy of prematurity is currently the only eye disorder for which ophthalmological screening is provided in Germany. Childhood screening for other eye disorders would also be worthwhile if the disorder to be diagnosed were sufficiently common and successful treatment guaranteed," the expert explained.

However, he stated that as not all the doctors who carry out such examinations currently receive sufficient training, the program may be unable to provide what the law establishes.

Recently, research conducted at Ohio State University and published in the Journal of Optometry and Vision Science found that young children in the US could be trusted to wear contact lenses up to four years younger than the current agreed age barrier of 12 years.

by Alexa Kaczka


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