Children from low-income families less likely to be identified with sight-threatening eye diseases

August 17, 2016

Children are less likely to be diagnosed with crossed eyes, a condition known as strabismus, if they live in poor communities, according to an analysis led by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.

The study was published in the journal Ophthalmology by U-M ophthalmologistsJoshua Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.H, Joshua Stein, M.D., M.S., and their colleagues. When they reviewed data on 1 million children ages 10 and younger, the authors found a deep racial divide in diagnosis rates of strabismus. White children were twice as likely as black and Hispanic children to be detected with strabismus, a difference that biological factors could not explain.

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