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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Prevalence of Visual Impairment in School-Age Children: Data Analysis from PlanVue® Pilot Project

AUTHOR:

D. Georgelin, F. Jonqua, K. Makowiecka, S. Wheeler, C. Baudouin, D. Brémond-Gignac, A. Labbé

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2021

PUBLICATION:

Journal Français D'Ophtalmologie

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of the study was to assess the prevalence of visual disorders among school-aged children in prioritized education zones in France.

  • Methods: the PlanVue® pilot study was designed to detect and manage visual disorders in school-aged children in a cohort of 515 children aged 4 to 13 years.

  • Out of the 515 children screened, 22% were referred to an ophthalmologist. Among these children, 13% were diagnosed with amblyopia, 73% with spherical ametropia, 57% with astigmatism and 2% with strabismus.

  • Of the entire population screened, 12% of the children had uncorrected poor vision (needed optical correction but had not received glasses).

  • This study confirms the high prevalence of uncorrected refractive errors among school-age children