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Vision screening of preverbal children with teller acuity cards

Spierer A, Royzman Z, Chetrit A, Novikov I, Barkay A ...see all

Ophthalmology, vol. 106, issue 4 (1999) pp. 849-854

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE
To evaluate the modified Teller visual acuity test as a mass screening tool for testing visual acuity in infants and preverbal children.

DESIGN
Prospective case series.

PARTICIPANTS
A total of 1126 healthy children undergoing mandatory examination at the Mother and Child Health Center.

INTERVENTION
Visual acuity was tested by the modified Teller visual acuity test.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES
Visual acuity was measured in all children. Clinical evaluation was performed in children who failed the Teller acuity test and in a control group.

RESULTS
Visual acuity was below the normal range in 5% of the children. In the study group referred for complete eye examination, there were 9% false-negative and 44% false-positive results. In the age range of 12 to 17 months, false-negative and false-positive results were obtained in 5.6% and 50% of the children, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS
The Teller acuity card procedure can be used for vision screening in preverbal children. Testing was associated with a high rate of false-positive results.

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Authors

  • Abraham Spierer

  • Zana Royzman

  • Angela Chetrit

  • Ilia Novikov

  • Adaya Barkay

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