Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Willard Bleything


An epidemiological screening was performed on 875 Romanian children on a recent eye care trip to Romania. The screening was used to assess the refractive status, binocularity and ocular health anomalies found in Romanian children. The data collected showed that 17.1% of the children had been prescribed glasses prior to the screening. Of the entire 875 children, 17.2% were myopes and 18% were hyperopes. Children unable to obtain visual acuities of 20/40 or better with both eyes represented approximately 7.3% of the population. Astigmatism exhibited a large bias in gender; the prevalence being 19.9% in females versus 12.4% in males.

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