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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Amblyopia and Refractive Errors Among School-Aged Children With Low Socioeconomic Status in Southeastern Turkey

AUTHOR:

Ihsan Caca, MD; Abdullah Kursat Cingu, MD; Alparslan Sahin, MD; Seyhmus Ari, MD; Mehmet Emin Dursun, MD; Umut Dag, MD; Selahattin Balsak, MD; Fuat Alakus, MD; Abdullah Yavuz, MD; Yilmaz Palanci, MD

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLICATION:

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of refractive errors and other eye diseases, incidence and types of amblyopia in school-aged children, and their relation to gender, age, parental education, and socioeconomic factors.

  • A total of 21,062 children aged 6 to 14 were screened.

  • 2% of the children had myopia and 5.9% had hyperopia.

  • Astigmatism 0.50 D or greater was present in 14.3% of children.

  • Myopia was associated with older age, female gender, and higher parental education.