Future Problems of Uncorrected Refractive Errors in Children
Kilic-Toprak E, and Toprak I.
Pamukkale University Research Fund
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Visual impairment secondary to uncorrected refractive errors in childhood is an important health problem, and can lead social, educational and economical disability in adulthood.
In this study, we reviewed the literature to reveal future effects of refractive errors in children on social life.
Refractive problems can be easily corrected with spectacles as a cost effective treatment modality.
However, recognizing refractive errors in children at family or school level is critical.
Screening programs are valuable to prevent refractive error related vision loss in children.
Moreover, awareness campaigns and education can help to overcome all barriers against visual rehabilitation.
In conclusion, collaboration among teacher, parents, ophthalmologist and child should be well established to prevent visual disability and related socio-economical problems.