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Invited Commentary
December 2015

Impaired Visual Acuity and Spectacle Ownership of Urban Migrant Children in Eastern China

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Helen Keller International, New York, New York
  • 3Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(12):1406-1407. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3664

Wang et al1 examined the prevalence of visual impairment and spectacle ownership among urban-dwelling migrant children in eastern China. They found a high rate of visual impairment from refractive error and a low rate of spectacle use. They noted that migrant children were significantly less likely to own glasses than local children. Of concern, only 40.3% of migrant children with uncorrected visual acuity less than 6/18 owned glasses, compared with 71.4% of local children. Having uncorrected visual acuity less than 6/18 in both eyes was predictive of higher baseline spectacle ownership; however, parental education and family wealth were not significant predictors.

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