Should prospective dental students be screened for colour vision deficits?

F Mushtaq, R.C. Baraas, L.M. Al-Saud, I Mirghani, C van der Zee, Erica Yates, Andrew Keeling, M A Mon-Williams, Michael Manogue

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A perennial question in dental education is: what skills and aptitudes should be assessed in prospective dental students? Intellectual capacity and manual dexterity understandably rank highly, but are there minimum thresholds for visual perception that applicants need be able to demonstrate before they enter the profession? We have recently flagged this issue with regard to the thresholds of stereoscopic acuity required for a dentist when operating on teeth. In the present article, we highlight the issue of identifying a minimum acceptable level of colour vision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Dental Journal (BDJ)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2016


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