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Visual profile of a rural elementary school poulation

1 May 2002


Three hundred twenty one children in the 4111 through 8'11 grades were subjected to a comprehensive vision screening. The screening incorporated traditional methods such as visual acuity testing, and additional tests of binocular vision skills, eye movement and visual-perception. It was anticipated that this screening battery would identify more children with a visual deficit than would a screening with Snellen acuity testing alone. The results confirmed this, with more students failing the perceptual and eye movement aspects of testing than any other. Perceptual and eye movement testing may be a method of identifying more children with potentially troublesome deficits in these areas in the context of a school vision screening regimen.


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