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Distance stereoacuity in intermittent exotropia

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Deborah Buck, Nicholas Strong, Michael Clarke

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Abstract

Background: Studies of distance stereoacuity in intermittent exotropia suggest that normal stereoacuity corresponds to good control of the deviation and that reduced or negative stereoacuity signifies poorer control. Aim : To evaluate distance stereoacuity in intermittent exotropia using the Frisby Davis Distance stereo test (FD2). Methods: Children with intermittent exotropia where the near angle was less than or equal to distance were eligible for recruitment. Standardised prospective data collection included FD2 distance stereoacuity. This was a longitudinal study in which outcomes are reported for baseline, last follow-up (≥6 months before any surgery) or preoperative and last postoperative visits for those undergoing surgery. Results: 110 children with intermittent exotropia had FD2 stereoacuity tested at baseline: 70 comprehended the test. Mean (standard deviation (SD)) age was 4.6 (1.7) years (range 2-10 years). 41/70 (59%) showed positive responses: mean (SD) stereoacuity 30 (12) s of arc. The mean follow-up period before any surgery was 13 months (range 6-27 months). At follow-up, mean (SD) stereoacuity was 24 (11) s of arc. Preoperative and postoperative stereoacuity were not significantly different from those not undergoing surgery. Conclusion: This study was the first to report distance stereoacuity in intermittent exotropia using the FD2 stereo test: patients with intermittent exotropia can achieve normal levels of distance stereoacuity, but a considerable proportion, despite comprehending, showed a negative response. This suggests that using the FD2, distance stereoacuity in intermittent exotropia is either absent or normal rather than reduced. Possible reasons for this and its implications are discussed.


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Author(s): Hatt SR, Haggerty H, Buck D, Adams W, Strong NP, Clarke MP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Ophthalmology

Year: 2007

Volume: 91

Issue: 2

Pages: 219-221

ISSN (print): 0007-1161

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2079

Publisher: BMJ Group

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjo.2006.099465

DOI: 10.1136/bjo.2006.099465

PubMed id: 16885187


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