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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 169-173

Special considerations for prescription of glasses in children

Department of Ophthalmology, PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mahim, Mumbai, India

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Ashwin Sainani
Department of Ophthalmology, PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim (W), Mumbai - 400 016
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DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.116861

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The most common cause of visual impairment in children is refractive error. All general ophthalmologists and most specialists come across children in their practice and treating a refractive error is the basic moral responsibility of any ophthalmic caregiver. Limited cooperation, low reliability, and risk of amblyopia make prescribing glasses for children more challenging than for adults. The basic rules of prescribing glasses take into account the visual needs according to age, strong accommodative elements, risk of amblyopia, age-related emmetropization, and associated conditions like strabismus, prior to prescribing glasses for children. This article focuses on the standard protocols of assessment and prescription of glasses for simple refractive errors as well as some special refractive situations in children.

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