A recent study conducted by Orbis International has revealed that children with myopia and strabismus, a condition where the eyes are misaligned, often experience a significantly reduced quality of life compared to those without vision impairment. The study, published in Ophthalmology, also highlights the positive impact of surgical treatment for strabismus on the quality of life of affected children. The findings underscore the importance of early detection, treatment, and health insurance coverage for strabismus in children.
The research, which received financial support from Santen, is the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the links between quality of life, vision impairment, ocular morbidities, and their treatment in children. Orbis International, a leading organization in the field of eye health, highlights the increasing recognition of quality of life and mental health as crucial global health concerns. With an estimated 70 million children worldwide experiencing vision impairment, understanding the impact of these conditions on mental health becomes imperative.
Traditionally, a child’s vision function is evaluated based on the clarity or sharpness of their vision. However, this approach fails to capture a child’s perception of their own visual impairment and their ability to successfully perform daily tasks. The study reveals that chronic eye conditions such as strabismus, which may not affect central vision but have other negative effects, can lead to physical, educational, and socioemotional difficulties in a child’s daily life.
This study builds upon a previous research study conducted by Orbis International, which was also published in Ophthalmology. The previous study found that children with myopia and strabismus had higher rates of depression and anxiety compared to children without vision impairment. These findings present a comprehensive view of how a lack of vision care can cause mental health problems for children, encompassing not only depression and anxiety but also quality of life, well-being, and self-esteem.
In conclusion, this study highlights the significant impact of myopia and strabismus on the quality of life of children. Early detection, treatment, and adequate health insurance coverage for strabismus are essential to mitigate the physical, educational, and socioemotional difficulties that children with these conditions may face. By addressing these issues, we can promote better mental health and overall well-being for children with vision impairment.
– Dongfeng LI, Ving Fai Chan, PhD, Gianni Virgili, PhD, et al. Impact of Vision Impairment and Ocular Morbidity and Their Treatment on Quality of Life in Children: A Systematic Review. Ophthalmology. Published September 9, 2023.
– Dongfeng Li, Ving Fai Chan, PhD, Gianni Virgili, PhD. Impact of Vision Impairment and Ocular Morbidity and Their Treatment on Depression and Anxiety in Children. Ophthalmology. Published October 2022.