ERIC Number: ED066849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Eye Examination Findings Among Children. United States.
Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Reported were extensive statistical data on the prevalence of abnormal eye conditions found on examination, heterophoria test results, and history of eye problems as well as extent of interrelationship of the eye examination and vision test findings among children aged 6 to 11 years in the United States, based on findings from the Health Examination Survey of 1963-1965. A total of 7,119 children were examined and were thought to be closely representative of the population from which they were drawn with respect to age, sex, race, region, and other demographic and socioeconomic variables. Selected major findings included: that nearly one-tenth of the children were found to have a disease condition or other abnormality in one or both eyes, that strabismus was the eye condition most frequently found, that two out of five children were found to have some marked degree of eye muscle imbalance, that significant deviations in the position of the binocular image at distance were likely to be ones of convergence or downward, that the prevalence of defective color vision was higher among children with defective than among those with normal visual acuity, and that the most frequent eye problems reported by parents for the children were those such as visual acuity defects and symptoms of burning or itching around the eye. (CB)
Descriptors: Children, Demography, Exceptional Child Research, National Surveys, Statistical Data, Vision, Vision Tests, Visual Acuity, Visual Impairments, Visual Perception
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.