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5/14/2018 8:17:21 AM

3 millions of Vietnamese kids live with refractive errors

(VNF) – Recently a conference on “Difficult cases in vision screening and treatment for children’s refractive errors” was held in Hanoi to address a popular eyes issue in Vietnam.
According to research conducted by the Brien Holden Institute in Vietnam, 15-40 percent of the population, which is equal to 14 to 36 million people, have to deal with refractive errors.

In urban areas, 25 to 40 percent of children of age 6 to 15 are affected by refractive errors. The rate is lower in rural areas (10 - 15 percent).

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Assoc.Prof.Dr. Duong Duc Anh at the conference (source: Zing News)

The aforementioned fact also means around 3 million of kids are dealing with refractive errors, which are in need of correction.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Duong Duc Anh, lecturer of the eye major in the Hanoi Medical University, young people suffer from 3 types of refractive erros: short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism. Shortsightedness is the most popular problem, and easy to occur during school time.

The symtomps of refractive errors are not apparent sometimes, which means many are not aware of them.

Children therefore should receive regular vision screening to detect the problem early and soon be corrected to ensure the coordination of two eyes and prevent other visual health risks in the future.

As part of the vision care for kids programme, the Hanoi Eyes Hospital (second branch) has joined with the Ophthalmology Division of the Hanoi Medical University to provide vision screening for over 1,500 students in Thang Long Secondary school./.

  ( Translated by Phi Yen )
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