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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Future Problems of Uncorrected Refractive Errors in Children

AUTHOR:

Kilic-Toprak E, and Toprak I.

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

Pamukkale University Research Fund

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLICATION:

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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.