Response to comment on “Prevalence of ocular morbidity in school going children in West Uttar Pradesh”
We thank the authors for their comments on our manuscript and for giving us an opportunity to address their concerns. We have not written anywhere in our article that consent from the parents was not sought. We took consent from the school principal to conduct the examination in the school premises, and it was with the help of the school principal that we obtained informed consent from the parents containing information on the examination process, instillation of tropicamide drops and anesthetic drops wherever indicated. Prior approval of ethics committee of the institute was obtained.
Whenever tropicamide drops were used, the percentage was 0.5%, and lacrimal sac was compressed at the medial canthus by digital pressure for 1 min after instillation of the drops to reduce systemic absorption. No more than one drop per eye was instilled, which was adequate to perform a fundus examination. Postmydriatic rollup protective glasses to avoid glare were given to children who underwent a dilated fundus examination. Furthermore, the examination was conducted during the morning hours, and by the time the school finished, children had lost the mydriatic effect of the dilatation drops and had no issues of glare so they could go home safe even if unaccompanied. I hope that the above clarifications answer your queries.
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1. Varughese S. Comment on “Prevalence of ocular morbidity in school going children in West Uttar Pradesh” Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018;66:179
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2. Singh V, Malik KP, Malik VK, Jain K. Prevalence of ocular morbidity in school going children in West Uttar Pradesh Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017;65:500–8