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Get those eyes checked.

The Question: How many teens need glasses but don't have them?

The Study: Researchers at Duke University reviewed data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, looking for adolescents with visual acuity of 20/40 or worse in their better eye and didn't have corrective lenses.

The Results: More than 1O% of those in the study had uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or worse. The younger adolescents (12 and 13 years old) were twice as likely to have uncorrected vision than older adolescents.

Comment: There are many reasons why these children don't have the corrective lenses they need--finances, vanity, or lack of proper testing. No matter what the reason, uncorrected visual acuity is sure to affect their academic success.

Read More: Journal of Adolescent Health, 06/12

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Title Annotation:In the Literature
Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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