More Kids Have Vision Problems, Especially Poor Children

Source: Medscape

Friday, August 18, 2017 | Medical Studies

Perfect eyesight may be less common for kids today than it was a generation ago, and poverty appears to increase the likelihood that children may have severe visual impairments, a recent UK study suggests, according to a report in Medscape.

Researchers examined data on family income in early childhood and vision at age 15 or 16 for more than 14,000 people born in the UK in 1946, 1958 and 1970.

During the study period, the risk of any degree of visual impairment increased significantly, as did the odds of severe vision problems or blindness, according to a report in JAMA Ophthalmology, online August 10. More-affluent kids were less likely than poor children to have issues with their eyesight, the study found.

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