American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

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Released October 8, 2013; updated May 29, 2019

Don’t recommend weak reading glasses for children who do not have vision problems.

Low amounts of “farsightedness” is a normal finding in children. Most children can easily focus to see at near and distance because of their large accommodative (focusing) abilities, thereby making weak prescription glasses unnecessary – and often rejected by the child. Unless the eyes are crossing, a prescription of weak farsighted glasses is generally not necessary.


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How The List Was Created

The President and the Executive Vice President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus met with its Board of Directors. These 10 pediatric ophthalmologists leading the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus then generated a list of 10 potential topics. Each individual ranked the topics and the top five recommendations were chosen. Each recommendation was sent to a recognized expert in that specific area or to a committee of experts to complete the template. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus disclosure and conflict of interest policies can be found at www.aapos.org.

Sources

Donahue SP. How often are spectacles prescribed to “normal” preschool children? J AAPOS. 2004;8:224–9.