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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-67

Low vision aid—A ray of hope for irreversible visual loss in the pediatric age group

Paediatric Ophthalmology, Sankara Eye Hospital, Thirthahalli Road, Harakere, Shimoga, Karnataka, India

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V Kavitha
Sankara Eye Hospital, Harakere, Thirthahalli Road, Shimoga, Karnataka 577202
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tjo.2015.02.002

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Purpose: To analyze visual acuity (VA) improvement, causes of low vision (LV), and quality of life (QOL) following the use of low vision aids (LVAs) in children with LV. Methods: A prospective analysis was conducted on children with LV aged between 4 years and 18 years between March 2013 and October 2013. Children were recruited from both urban schools and rural schools. LVAs were tried for visual improvement, and improved VA was noted. All children were trained to use the aid and followed up monthly for 3 consecutive months for VA improvement; QOL through a questionnaire was analyzed after the use of LVAs. Results: A total of 74 children (148 eyes; 50% male; mean age, 11.8 ± 3.2 years) were analyzed, where 34 children were recruited from rural areas and 40 from urban schools. After LVA use, 101 (68.24%) eyes of 59 (79.72%) children improved for distance with telescope and 81 (54.72%) eyes of 51 (68.91%) children improved for near with magnifiers. LV due to retinal problems, optic atrophy, congenital anomalies, and amblyopia drastically reduced after use of LVA. A statistically significantly higher proportion of children had either “excellent” or “good” QOL, and a significantly lower proportion of children had either “not satisfactory” or “poor” QOL after the use of LVA (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: LVA is essential and effective in improving VA and QOL in children with LV.

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