Treatment outcomes better in children who fail vision photoscreening at younger age

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Children who failed vision photoscreening between 0-2 years of age were more likely to attain normal vision compared to children ≥3 of age, according to a study.

In this cohort study, the medical records of 319 children aged ≤5 years who failed vision photoscreening and were subsequently followed over a 13-year period, were retrospectively reviewed.

At the time of screening, 21% (n = 67) were 0-2 years of age and 79% (n = 252) were at ≥3 years of age. In the younger. Amblyopia was reported in 19% of the participants 0-2 years of age and 30% of the participants ≥3 years of age.

At the final follow-up visit, normal vision was not attained by 8% of children in the younger group compared to 40% in the older group. Normal vision was achieved at an average of 35 months of age in the younger group and 69 months in the older group.

Stiff H, Dimenstein N, Larson SA. Vision screening outcomes in children less than 3 years of age compared with children 3 years and older. J AAPOS. 2020;S1091-8531(20)30202-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2020.05.016. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33045377.

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