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September 1986

Deteriorating Vision: An Occupational Risk for the Medical Student

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
Farmington, Conn

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(9):1274. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050210028009

To the Editor.  —The casual observer sitting in on a medical school lecture may notice that the majority of students wear eyeglasses. Does the rigorous life of premedical and medical students, all those hours of studying and staring at blackboards, ruin their eyesight? We undertook a study to determine whether medical students have a higher incidence of wearing corrective lenses than does the general population.A questionnaire was distributed to 150 freshman and sophomore medical students, aged 21 to 29 years, at The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in May 1985. A control group of 150 art students, aged 21 to 29 years, who had been in art school two years or less at The Philadelphia College of Art and at The Moore College of Art in Philadelphia responded to a similar questionnaire. Art students were chosen for controls because their schoolwork requires fewer hours of reading books and more

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