Prevalence and Factors Associated With Eyeglass Wear Compliance Among Preschoolers From Low-Income Families in San Francisco, California
Sabharwal S, Nakayoshi A, Lees CR, Perez S, de Alba Campomanes AG
The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence and factors associated with eyeglass wear compliance among preschoolers from low-income families who receive eyeglasses through the See Well to Learn program among 188 children 3 to 5 years of age from 51 Bay Area Head Start preschools in San Francisco, California.
Participants included students with a failed vision screening who met predetermined refractive criteria following cycloplegic refraction and received eyeglasses through the See Well to Learn program.
This study found that nearly 3 of 4 preschool students consistently wore their glasses at school during their first year of use, supporting the continued implementation of preschool-based vision screening programs.
These findings suggest that programs involving school-based screening and eyeglass delivery may lessen disparities in accessing pediatric vision care.
Consistent with previous studies, students with poorer uncorrected baseline visual acuity were found to be more likely to wear eyeglasses compliantly.