Autism and the Need for Glasses

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Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder see and understand the world differently according to research studies and clinical experience. People with ASD can have unique vision disorders that affect the way that they communicate and interact with others and their environment. Over the next week or two, we will be highlighting some of those differences.

According to research studies, children with ASD are 3X’s more likely to have significant astigmatism. Studies also indicate that up to 44% of children with ASD have a significant spectacle prescription – either myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism. If left untreated, these entities can affect how a child interacts socially, learns and physically moves in his/her environment. As with other aspects of ASD, early intervention can help maximize quality of life.

For more information, please contact Sugar Land, TX eye doctors and optometrists at Bright Eye Care & Vision Development.

References:

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Ezegwui IR, Lawrence L, Aghaji AE et al. Refractive errors in children with autism in
a developing country. Niger J Clin Pract 2014; 17:467–470.

Anketell PM, Saunders KJ, Gallagher S et al. Profile of refractive errors in European
Caucasian children with autistic spectrum disorder; increased prevalence and magnitude of astigmatism. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2016; 36:395–403.

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