Journal article

Accuracy of Rural Refractionists in Western China

Zhongqiang Zhou, Junxia Zeng, Xiaochen Ma, Xiaopeng Pang, Hongmei Yi, Qianyun Chen, Mirjam E Meltzer, Mingguang He, Scott Rozelle, Nathan Congdon

Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2014


PURPOSE: We assessed the prevalence and predictors of inaccurate refractive error among rural refractionists in western China. METHODS: A subset of primary school children with visual acuity (VA) ≤6/12 in ≥1 eye, undergoing subjective refinement by local refractionists after cycloplegic autorefraction in an ongoing population-based study, received repeat refraction by university optometrists for quality control. RESULTS: Among 502 children (mean age 10.5 years, 53.2% girls), independent predictors of poor (inaccurate by ≥1.0 diopter [D]) refraction by 21 rural practitioners (66.7% with high school or lower education) included hyperopia (odds ratio [OR], 4.2; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.4..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by OneSight (Mason, Ohio), Luxottica-China (Shanghai), Essilor-China (Shanghai, China), CLSA Asia Pacific Markets (Hong Kong, China), Charity Aid Foundation (Sydney, Australia), an anonymous donor (Hong Kong, China), and a Thousand Man Plan grant from the Chinese government (NC). The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.