Profile of low vision children in the special education schools in Malaysia

Rokiah Omar, Zainora Mohammed, V. F. Knight, M. H. Basrul

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Abstract

This study looked at the causes of vision loss, levels of distance, near vision and the use of low vision devices (LVDs) in children studying at special schools in Malaysia. A total of 139 children from two special education schools took part. Visual acuity was measured with and without LVDs. Those who required further assessment were referred to Low Vision Clinic. Near visual acuity in 71 children ranged from N4 to N64. Sixty eight children could not read the N64 chart or they were totally blind. Only eight students were using LVDs before intervention. Seventy one children were referred for low vision assessment and 48 were found to benefit from the LVDs prescribed. The major cause of visual impairment was cataract (17%). Hand held magnifier was the most preferred LVD. Majority of the children attending the blind schools had residual vision but did not have LVDs. LVDs are able to significantly improve near visual acuity and hence there is a need to prescribe and train the children to use the LVDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume64
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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Keywords

  • Low vision assessment
  • Low vision devices
  • Visually impaired students

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Profile of low vision children in the special education schools in Malaysia. / Omar, Rokiah; Mohammed, Zainora; Knight, V. F.; Basrul, M. H.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 64, No. 4, 12.2009, p. 289-293.

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