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Lucina had supposed that young children might be reluctant to wear glasses. Observations in Reading, however, suggest that she was wrong (Eye1998;12:173–8). Children under age 8 years accepted spectacles well and acceptance was related to the social environment and the comments of other children rather than improvement in vision. Rude comments were apparently rare in this age group but were perhaps more likely at around the time of school entry—that might not be a good time to supply spectacles for the first time.

In a US/UK study (New England Journal of Medicine1998:338:1572–6) 409 babies with birth weights less than 1251 g and less than 31 weeks’ gestation were randomly assigned to wear goggles that reduced visible light by 97% and ultraviolet light by 100%, or no goggles. There was no effect on the incidence of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) (goggles 54%, controls 58%). An editorialist (Ibid: 1620–1) accepts that this proves that light does not cause ROP but asks whether the goggles might help once ROP has begun to develop.

Two girls aged …

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