Journal article

Need and challenges of refractive correction in urban chinese school children

M HE, J XU, Q Yin, LB Ellwein

Optometry and Vision Science | Published : 2005


Uncorrected refractive error is recognized as the principal cause of visual impairment in school-aged children. Although correction of refractive error is easy, safe, and effective, many children are without the necessary spectacles. Empiric research on barriers to refractive correction remains limited, precluding the formulation of effective remedial actions. The aims of this study were to characterize parental awareness and other barriers to spectacle use among children considered to be in need of refractive correction and to determine the proportion undercorrected for those already with spectacles. A population-based sample of children 5 to 15 years of age was examined in Guangzhou, China..

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