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Comparison of amblyopia in schoolchildren in Ireland and Northern Ireland: a population-based observational cross-sectional analysis of a treatable childhood visual deficit
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    Query regarding Orthoptics Omission
    • Declan McClements, Ophthalmology Services Assistant Manager British and Irish Orthoptics Society

    Dear BMJ Open,

    I wish to raise a concern in relation to an article in the BMJ Open Volume 9 Issue 8 titled 'Comparison of amblyopia in schoolchildren in Ireland and Northern Ireland: a population-based observational cross-sectional analysis of a treatable childhood visual deficit' written by Siofra Harrington(1), Karen Breslin(2), Veronica O'Dwyer(3) and Kathryn Saunders(4).

    On behalf of Orthoptists within Northern Ireland we feel we should bring to your attention the omission in this article of any reference to Orthoptics or Orthoptists, and the excellent long established Orthoptic Led Vision Screening Service that exists across the whole of Northern Ireland for the detection of amblyopia as a preventable and treatable condition as recommended by Hall and Elliman in "Health for all children".

    In mainstream schools across Northern Ireland all consented children at four to five years of age are tested by their school nurse with the Keeler LogMAR crowded visual acuity test. Children tested that achieve a score of less than 0.2 LogMAR are referred into Orthoptic Services and the Multi-Disciplinary Eye Team (including Optometry and Ophthalmology) for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of many eye conditions including amblyopia. This is part of the school nurse training provided by Orthoptists described in their training manual relating to the vision screening pathway developed by the Public Health Agency and relevant stakeholders....

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