Strengthening Lazy Eye

New research from a nationwide (USA) clinical trial shows that many children age 7-17 with lazy eye (amblyopia) may
benefit from treatments more commonly used on younger children.

Treatment improved the vision of many of the 507 older children with amblyopia studied at 49 centers, including the UAB
School of Optometry.

Previously, most eye care professionals thought that treating amblyopia in older children would be of little benefit.

“This study shows how important it is to screen children of all ages for amblyopia,” said Katherine Weise, O.D., associate
professor of optometry. “This study also shows that age alone should not be used as a factor to decide whether to treat a
child who has this condition.”

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