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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Safety of Spectacles for Children's Vision: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

AUTHOR:

Xiaochen Ma, Nathan Congdon, Hongmei Yi, Zhongqiang Zhou, Xiaopeng Pang, Mirjam E. Meltzer, Yaojiang Shi, Mingguang He, Yizhi Liu and Scott Rozelle

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

American Journal of Ophthalmology

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLICATION:

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to examine the safety of children’s glasses in rural China.

  • The study was based on exploratory analysis from a cluster-randomized, investigator-masked, controlled trial.

  • Children from 252 randomly selected primary schools in western China were studied.

  • Final visual acuity for eyes of children in the treatment groups (Free Glasses and Voucher) was better than for Control children.

  • No indication that spectacles promote decline in uncorrected vision with aging among children.