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Comparison of visual assessment tests in multiply handicapped children.

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Mackie, R T, McCulloch, D L, Saunders, Kathryn, Ballantyne, J, Day, R E, Bradnam, M S and Dutton, G N (1995) Comparison of visual assessment tests in multiply handicapped children. Eye (London, England), 9 ( Pt 1) . pp. 136-41. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to compare acuity estimates achieved with visual evoked potential (VEP) and acuity card techniques and to examine the success rates of each test in a group of multiply handicapped children. Subjects were 52 children (3-183 months) with multiple handicaps associated with prematurity (n = 17), congenital anomalies (n = 16), hypoxic insult (n = 10) and other disorders (n = 9). Success rates for completing the tests were: VEP 88% and acuity cards 85% (Keeler or Cardiff). The acuity card tests were less likely to be successfully completed in the severely disabled (p < 0.05) and in those children with nystagmus (p < 0.05). When both acuity cards were successful, results agreed to within +/- 1.75 octaves. Acuity card thresholds were significantly correlated with VEP thresholds (p < 0.02), but thresholds achieved with VEPs were better in children with poor vision.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Vision
ID Code:3432
Deposited By:Professor Kathryn Saunders
Deposited On:15 Feb 2010 10:56
Last Modified:15 Feb 2010 10:56

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