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Reviewed by Robert Butterwick, OD on March 07, 2013

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Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline: Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination, American Optometric Association, April 25, 2002.

Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline: Care of the Adult Patient with Cataract, American Optometric Association, 2004.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, April, 2003.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "See Red."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Amblyopia."

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Complications."

American Optometric Association: "Recommended Eye Examination Frequency for Pediatric Patients and Adults," "Infant Vision: Birth to 24 Months of Age," "School-aged Vision: 6 to 18 Years of Age," "Conjunctivitis."

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The Merck Manual: "Floaters," "Hypertensive Retinopathy."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health: "Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your eyes healthy."

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University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences: "Your Baby's Eyes."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Cytomegalovirus Retinitis (CMV Retinitis)."

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