Visual acuity and stereopsis screening results in an underserved community

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  • Background: This report provides a background of pediatric eye examinations and their importance and necessity from a public health perspective. In addition, it introduces a new clinical service that assists educational institutions in achieving goals of improving access to pediatric eye examinations through vision screenings. Methods: This study focused on visual acuity and stereopsis results obtained from 5 vision screenings at local Boys and Girls Clubs in Boston. These screenings were affiliated with an educational institution to assist in optometric student education and exposure. Results: A total of 252 children from various demographic backgrounds were screened. There was a mean failure rate of 37.4%, with 23.7% of failures attributed to reduced visual acuity and 24.2% attributed to reduced stereopsis. Conclusion: This study confirms the need for vision screenings and appropriate follow-up through pediatric eye examinations. Furthermore, this study stresses the importance of community collaboration to improve access of care and adequate penetration within communities. © 2010 American Optometric Association.
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    Author List

  • Register SJ
  • Start Page

  • 200
  • End Page

  • 204
  • Volume

  • 81
  • Issue

  • 4