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Lesser amount of patching effective for treating lazy eye in children

p>According to Academy spokesperson Stuart Dankner, MD, the study shows that children with more severe amblyopia may respond just as well to a shorter six-hour interval of patching therapy of the good eye as those children who previously required full-time patching." Dr. Dankner, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Baltimore and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, said, "Less than full-time patching may actually lessen the risk of patching-induced amblyopia in the good eye. Many of the children with more severe degrees of amblyopia may benefit from this change in patching therapy, assuming the disease is detected at an early enough age."

"Most children achieved an outcome in the 20/32 to 20/63 range, but it is important to note that this study was not designed to determine the maximal improvement that could be achieved," Dr. Holmes said. "Most children stayed on treatment for many months after the conclusion of the study to further improve their vision."


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3-Nov-2003


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