Prevalence of amblyopia and strabismus in young singaporean chinese children.

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PURPOSE. To determine the prevalence of amblyopia and strabismus in young Singaporean Chinese children. METHODS. Enrolled in the study were 3009 Singaporean children, aged 6 to 72 months. All underwent complete eye examinations and cycloplegic refraction. Visual acuity (VA) was measured with a logMAR chart when possible and the Sheridan-Gardner test when not. Strabismus was defined as any manifest tropia. Unilateral amblyopia was defined as a 2-line difference between eyes with VA < 20/30 in the worse eye and with coexisting anisometropia (> or =1.00 D for hyperopia, > or =3.00 D for myopia, and > or =1.50 D for astigmatism), strabismus, or past or present visual axis obstruction. Bilateral amblyopia was defined as VA in both eyes <20/40 (in children 48-72 months) and <20/50 (<48 months), with coexisting hyperopia > or =4.00 D, myopia < or = -6.00 D, and astigmatism > or =2.50 D, or past or present visual axis obstruction. RESULTS. The amblyopia prevalence in children aged 30 to 72 months was 1.19% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.73-1.83) with no age (P = 0.37) or sex (P = 0.22) differences. Unilateral amblyopia (0.83%) was twice as frequent as bilateral amblyopia (0.36%). The most frequent causes of amblyopia were refractive error (85%) and strabismus (15%); anisometropic astigmatism >1.50 D (42%) and isometropic astigmatism >2.50 D (29%) were frequent refractive errors. The prevalence of strabismus in children aged 6 to 72 months was 0.80% (95% CI, 0.51-1.19), with no sex (P = 0.52) or age (P = 0.08) effects. The exotropia-esotropia ratio was 7:1, with most exotropia being intermittent (63%). Of children with amblyopia, 15.0% had strabismus, whereas 12.5% of children with strabismus had amblyopia. CONCLUSIONS. The prevalence of amblyopia was similar, whereas the prevalence of strabismus was lower than in other populations.

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Cited Authors

  • Chia, A; Dirani, M; Chan, Y-H; Gazzard, G; Au Eong, K-G; Selvaraj, P; Ling, Y; Quah, B-L; Young, TL; Mitchell, P; Varma, R; Wong, T-Y; Saw, S-M

Published Date

  • July 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 3411 - 3417

PubMed ID

  • 20207979

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3979488

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-5783

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1167/iovs.09-4461


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States