|A patient undergoes optical coherence tomography scanning at the Central Eye Hospital in HCM City. Photo vnio.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Large-scale vision screening programmes for children are needed for early detection and treatment of visual impairment due to refractive error, experts said at the Việt Nam Ophthalmological Society Congress that opened in HCM City yesterday.
The number of such children had increased in recent years, Assoc Prof Nguyễn Xuân Hiệp, director of the Central Eye Hospital, said.
The rate of refractive error in children aged six to 15 is 25-40 per cent in urban areas and 10-15 per cent in rural areas, according to Hiệp.
Nearly three million children are in need of treatment now.
Nearly 2,000 doctors, nurses and technicians are participating in the three-day event.
The annual event is a platform for local and foreign experts to exchange views and experiences and update their knowledge in ophthalmology.
The topics on the agenda this year include refraction, cataract, cosmetic-oculoplasty, cornea, eyelids - lacrimal system, glaucoma, myopia, and trauma.
Twenty training courses are being held in various specialties.
The Việt Nam Ophthalmological Society launched the Hospital Management Club and the Cataract Refractive Surgery Club at the event. — VNS