08/19/2010 // Switzerland // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Switzerland – A new study suggests children with strabismus, or the condition in which the eyes do not line up, are more likely to suffer peer rejection. As reported by HealthDay News, Swiss researchers found that a group of children who were shown digitally altered pictures of kids illustrating different types of strabismus as well as pictures of those who did not appear to have the condition, were more likely to choose the kids without the condition to invite to a birthday party when asked about their preference.
Dr. Daniel Mojon, of the department of strabismology and neuro-ophthalmology at Kantonsspital in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and colleagues are quoted in the reported as stating of their findings, “Our results show that schoolchildren with strabismus seem less likely to be accepted by their peers, so corrective surgery for strabismus should be performed before the age of 6 years, when negative social implications may arise.”
More information about the study may be found in the Aug. 18 online publication of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
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