University of Edinburgh

Down's syndrome: vision, visual problems and visual assessment

Presented on 15 May 2008

J. Margaret Woodhouse, Cardiff University

Mohammad Al-Bagdady, Nathan Bromham, Mary Cregg,
Ping Ji, Ffion John, Julie-Anne Little, Julie McClelland,
Val Pakeman, Kathryn J. Saunders, Ruth Stewart

Additional eye problems in Down's syndrome

  • Refractive errors (60%)
  • Poor accommodation (80%)
  • Squint (25%)
  • Nystagmus (15%)
  • Blepharitis (up to 50%)
  • Cataracts (8-13%)
  • Keratoconus (15%)
  • Reduced visual acuity and contrast sensitivity (100%)

Responds to 'lid hygiene' measures

  • Baby shampoo on a clean finger
  • Scrub the lid edges every night


Cataract extraction

cataract extraction

Cataract removed and replaced with plastic implant.

cataract extraction