Implementing a prevention and control of ametropia in accordance with Specification for Screening of Refractive Error in School-age Children and Adolescents

Authors: Zou Haidong,  He Xiangui,  Ma Yingyan,  Ma Jun,  Dong Bin,  Xu Xun

DOI: 10.3760/cma.j.cn115989-20200113-00024
Published 2020-06-10
Cite as Chin J Exp Ophthalmol, 2020,38(06): 473-475.

Abstract

Ametropic visual impairment has become a public health problem in China and even in the world, especially the prevention and control of myopia development, and the Chinese government attaches great importances to the eye health of school-age children and adolescents.The establishment of visual health archives and the screening of refractive errors are important managements prevention and control.However, there has always been a lack of relevant domestic or international screening specifications, and which may result in screening implementation subject confusion, inconsistent screening indicators and boundary values, unscientific operation methods and feedback in the routine screening work in China.With the push and support of National Health Commission, a recommended national health standard Specification for Screening of Refractive Error in School-age Children and Adolescents (WS/T 663-2019) was officially issued on January 11, 2020 and will be implemented from June 1, 2020, which clarified the technical standardization for the specific requirement, methods, referral recommendation and management during screening of refractive error in school-age children and adolescents.Implementing an effective screening and prevention of ametropic visual impairment in school-age children and adolescents according to the standard is an important task and responsibility of medical and educational institutions.

Key words:

Refractive error, school-age children and adolescents; Screening; Prevention and control of myopia; Standardization

Contributor Information

Zou Haidong
Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center, Shanghai Eye Hospital, Shanghai 200040, China; Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, School of Medical of Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai 200080, China
He Xiangui
Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center, Shanghai Eye Hospital, Shanghai 200040, China
Ma Yingyan
Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, School of Medical of Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai 200080, China
Ma Jun
Institute of Child and Adolescent Health of Peking University, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing 100191, China
Dong Bin
Institute of Child and Adolescent Health of Peking University, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing 100191, China
Xu Xun
Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center, Shanghai Eye Hospital, Shanghai 200040, China; Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, School of Medical of Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai 200080, China
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