The authors evaluated whether the re-examination within the orthotic screening in children with questionable results at the first examination can reduce the number of submissions to specialists and avoid a high number of false positives. This was a retrospective study of screening data for 2010 of 7,772 children. Six thousand one hundred and twenty-six attended screening and 1,646 did not attend. Of the latter, 318 had already been examined elsewhere. Of 6,126 examined, 5,137 were negative, 562 had a positive result and were referred, 427 showed unreliable results and were invited for a second screen. At the second screen, only 120 were positive and 307 were now negative. Most were aged three years and lack of cooperation may be a contributing factor. The second screen reduced false positives.

The pediatric vision screening program performed in Bolzano in 2010: significance of the orthoptic re-examination.
Bottin D, Waldhauser K, Bertelli E.
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Fiona Rowe (Prof)

Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool, UK.

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