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The prevalence of visual anomalies among adult offenders

17 May 1992


Fifty-three incarcerated adult sexual offenders from a voluntary treatment program at the Oregon State Correctional Facility were screened for visual anomalies. Subjects were divided into two groups based on intellectual function, one a higher functioning (HF) group, and one a social skills (SS) group. The two groups were compared based on a screening battery probing ocular health, eye movement skills, visual perceptual abilities and accommodative/vergence abilities. The ocular health did not differ between the two groups or from the general population. Differences were found in visual perceptual function between the high and low functioning groups. The HF group outperformed the lower on all perceptual and eye movement tests except the subjective eye movement evaluation. Unexpected differences were found between the two groups in the areas of accommodative posture, vergence facility, and distance monocular acuities.


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