Clinical Research Details

Descriptive Information
Prevalence of Refractive errors among Pediatric Patients in a Hospital-based Setting

Christiane Al-Haddad


Clinical Research - Outcomes Research and Health Services Research  

Julien Torbey
Conditions and Keywords
Refractive error
Prevalence,Myopia,Hyperopia,astigmatism ,Refractive error,Pediatric
Study Design
Eligibility and IRB

Early childhood vision screening is of paramount importance to detect vision disorders. Untreated vision impairments in childhood cause learning difficulties with consequences for school success.  According to US recommendations, children should be screened for visual impairment using instruments that detect refractive errors.  Plusoptix, a recently introduced automated screener, is able to provide the need for referral to an ophthalmologist. A large-scale screening will take place at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) to detect prevalence of refractive errors among children aged between 3 and 10 years, targeting the population where amblyopia can still be treated timely.  Vision screening will be done by well trained personnel using Plusoptix S12.  In case of positive results, referral to the pediatric ophthalmology clinic will be initiated with a letter sent to parents in this regard.