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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Uncorrected Refractive Error in Singapore Teenagers

AUTHOR:

Ho, C.D., Ng, C.C., Chan, E., Ngeow, A., Wijaya, R., Ashok, V., Tang, W., Gazzard, G., Chua, W.H. and Saw, S.M.

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2006

PUBLICATION:

British Journal of Ophthalomology

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence rate of uncorrected refractive error and associated risk factors among Singapore school.

  • This was a cross sectional study of 628 children and the participation rate was 99.8%.

  • The prevalence rate of uncorrected refractive error was 22.3% (95% confidence interval (CI) 19.0% to 25.5%).

  • The multivariate adjusted odds ratio of uncorrected refractive error in students with the lowest academic ability was 2.24 (95% CI 1.34 to 3.73).

  • Increasing time interval since the last visit to an eye care provider increased the risk of uncorrected refractive error (trend p = 0.001).

  • Uncorrected refractive error was a major problem among Singapore students and resulted in low academic ability.

This article was identified as a reference for a VII-commissioned systematic review on the Impact of URE on Children.