Eye patches on kids with amblyopia, better known as lazy eye, are still a common sight, but this may change in the future. Experts at the Glasgow Caledonian University are testing new gaming goggles with a Tetris-style game that seem to be effective against the disorder.
Amblyiopia is a visual deficiency that usually affects only one eye. As there is no serious physical problem, this disorder can be treated by training the eye to see better; therefore, the patch to cover the good eye. The sooner it is detected, the greater the chances of success.
Researchers tested the tool on 14 children, who were asked to play the game wearing the goggles for 1 hour per day, up to 10 days. In only 5 hours, 54% of the children had improved their sight.
‘Currently it may take months for children with this condition to see any improvement,’ says Dr Dolores Conroy, of Fight for Sight, an organization that helped funding the research. ‘We hope that through the development of this treatment, the sight of children with amblyopia can be recovered much more rapidly.’
Sure that the treatment will be much more enjoyable as well.
Photo credit: Caledian University
Knox, P., Simmers, A., Gray, L., & Cleary, M. (2011). An Exploratory Study: Prolonged Periods of Binocular Stimulation Can Provide an Effective Treatment for Childhood Amblyopia Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 53 (2), 817-824 DOI: 10.1167/iovs.11-8219