HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Older children can benefit from treatment for childhood's most common eye disorder

Surprising results from a nationwide clinical trial show that many children age seven through 17 with amblyopia (lazy eye) may benefit from treatments that are more commonly used on younger children.

Treatment improved the vision of many of the 507 older children with amblyopia studied at 49 eye centers. Previously, eye care professionals often thought that treating amblyopia in older children would be of little benefit. The study results, funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appear in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

"Doctors can now feel confident that traditional treatments for amblyopia will work for many older children," said Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NEI. "This is important because it is estimated that as many as three percent of children in the United States have some degree of vision impairment due to amblyopia. Many of these children do not receive treatment while they are young," he said.

Amblyopia is a leading cause of vision impairment in children and usually begins in infancy or childhood. It is a condition resulting in poor vision in an otherwise healthy eye due to unequal or abnormal visual input while the brain is developing in infancy and childhood. The most common causes of amblyopia are crossed or wandering eye (strabismus) or significant differences between the eyes in refractive error, such as, astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness.

Children in the study were divided randomly into two groups. One group was fitted with new prescription glasses only. The other group was fitted with glasses as well as an eye patch, or the eye patch along with special eye drops, to limit use of the unaffected eye. These children were also asked to perform near vision activities. The patching, near activities, and eye drops force a child to use the eye with amblyopia. Patching was prescribed for periods of two to six hours daily, w
'"/>

Contact: Steve Berberich
berberichs@nei.nih.gov
301-496-5248
NIH/National Eye Institute
11-Apr-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Older motorists improve driving performance with physical conditioning
2. Older patients with major depression live longer with appropriate treatment, Penn study shows
3. Older, lower income patients least likely to see a specialist for lupus
4. Older adults face double whammy when it comes to body fat
5. Analysis: Older men treated for early prostate cancer live longer than those not treated
6. Older men treated for early prostate cancer live longer than those who are not
7. Older fathers more likely to have autistic children
8. Older, more rounded and artier applicants make better medical students
9. Older blood associated with worse outcomes after repeat heart surgery
10. Older women have far fewer mammograms than they report
11. Older donor hearts just as good, University of Alberta study shows

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Bill Mull Agencies, ... owners in and around central Kansas, is joining the Youth Horizons organization for ... region. , Headquartered in Wichita, Youth Horizons works to empower area children from ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... Kenall Manufacturing, a leader in sealed healthcare lighting for more than 30 ... sealed, LED luminaire that meets the needs of everyone in the patient room by ... , A 2’ x 4’ model features four modes: reading, ambient, standard and high ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... OC87 Recovery Diaries ... schizophrenic mother in a unique, personal perspective through animation. , That woman ... addictive disorders at her private psychotherapy practice. Sheri’s mother, Pearl, lived with schizophrenia. ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 07, 2016 , ... Castle Dermatology Institute is now offering liquid facelifts with ... youthful appearance to the face. Dr. Peyman Ghasri and Dr. Pedram Ghasri, San ... treatments, to rejuvenate and renew the facial appearance. , Sculptra is a highly ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Fl (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... When it came time to blow ... heart. Just 40 minutes later, the Pediatric Heart Transplant team at Joe DiMaggio ... making the Weston teen the hospital’s 30th heart transplant recipient. , “He was playing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... DALLAS , Dec. 8, 2016 Dignitana, ... an exclusive partnership with Boa® Technology, creator of the ... fit cap for use with the DigniCap® scalp cooling ... Drug Administration in December 2015, and is the first ... The DigniCap® scalp cooling system features a patented ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016  Economic growth in the United States ... supply management executives in their December 2016 Semiannual Economic ... recovery that began in mid-2009, as indicated in the ... ® . The manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth ... manufacturing industries, and the non-manufacturing sector indicates that 14 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... PUNE, India , December 8, 2016 According ... (Diagnostic (Heart, Pulse, BP, Sleep, Fetal), Therapeutic (Pain, Insulin)), End Use (Sports, ... to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market, in terms of value, ... in 2016, at a CAGR of 18.0% during the forecast period. ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: