Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren

Kah Meng Chung, Norhani Mohidin, Peng Tee Yeow, L. L. Tan, Daniel O'Leary

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    We performed a vision screening of 1883 Chinese schoolchildren from 4 schools around Kuala Lumpur in June 1990. The group contained 1083 males and 800 females. Visual acuity, refractive error, oculomotor balance, and axial length were measured. The prevalence of myopia in Chinese schoolchildren was found to be 37% in the 6- to 12-year age group and 50% in the 13- to 18-year age group. Approximately 63% of the sample had unaided visual acuity of 6/6 or better and 24% had unaided acuity of 6/12 or worse. Six hundred twenty- five students (33%) failed the vision screening test and were referred for further examinations. The group which failed the vision screening test and had the highest rate of referral (46%) was the 11- to 12-year-old age group. The most common visual disorder was uncorrected myopia, accounting for 38% of the referrals (235 students). Only 26% of the sample were wearing a spectacle correction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)695-700
    Number of pages6
    JournalOptometry and Vision Science
    Volume73
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

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    Vision Screening
    Vision Disorders
    Vision Tests
    Age Groups
    Myopia
    Visual Acuity
    Referral and Consultation
    Students
    Refractive Errors

    Keywords

    • Chinese schoolchildren
    • myopia
    • prevalence of visual disorders
    • vision screening

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    • Ophthalmology

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    Chung, K. M., Mohidin, N., Yeow, P. T., Tan, L. L., & O'Leary, D. (1996). Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren. Optometry and Vision Science, 73(11), 695-700.

    Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren. / Chung, Kah Meng; Mohidin, Norhani; Yeow, Peng Tee; Tan, L. L.; O'Leary, Daniel.

    In: Optometry and Vision Science, Vol. 73, No. 11, 11.1996, p. 695-700.

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    Chung, KM, Mohidin, N, Yeow, PT, Tan, LL & O'Leary, D 1996, 'Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 73, no. 11, pp. 695-700.
    Chung KM, Mohidin N, Yeow PT, Tan LL, O'Leary D. Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren. Optometry and Vision Science. 1996 Nov;73(11):695-700.
    Chung, Kah Meng ; Mohidin, Norhani ; Yeow, Peng Tee ; Tan, L. L. ; O'Leary, Daniel. / Prevalence of visual disorders in Chinese schoolchildren. In: Optometry and Vision Science. 1996 ; Vol. 73, No. 11. pp. 695-700.
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