Iowa's pediatric low vision services

J Am Optom Assoc. 1996 Jul;67(7):397-402.


Background: Reports in the literature concerning the evaluation and low vision management of visually impaired children are limited, resulting in a lack of information about the characteristics and needs of this population.

Methods: A review was performed of 762 children evaluated over a 14-year period in a low vision clinic program coordinated by the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.

Results: The age, sex, ocular condition, best corrected visual acuity, habitual near point working distance, and optical devices recommended for use by these children were analyzed.

Conclusions: Ongoing, comprehensive multidisciplinary low vision services are necessary to help children with visual impairments meet their educational, vocational and avocational needs. With ongoing low vision care unnecessary costs-such as those for large print material-can be avoided, therefore creating a significant savings to local or state educational services.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Contact Lenses / statistics & numerical data
  • Eye Diseases / complications
  • Eyeglasses / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Iowa / epidemiology
  • Lenses / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Sensory Aids / statistics & numerical data*
  • Television / statistics & numerical data
  • Vision, Low / epidemiology
  • Vision, Low / etiology
  • Vision, Low / rehabilitation*
  • Visual Acuity