Binocular iPad Games Effectively Treated Childhood Amblyopia

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Simone L. Li, PhD
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Dallas, Texas

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Li: In a previous study, we found that binocular iPad game play significantly improved visual acuity in the amblyopic eye. The purpose of the current study was to determine the longevity of these effects and we found that the visual acuity improvements obtained with binocular iPad game play had been retained for at least 12 months after the treatment ended.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Li: Binocular iPad games are an effective treatment of childhood amblyopia and the effects are long-lasting.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Li: To carry out randomized clinical trials to compare treatment effects and longevity between conventional patching and binocular iPad games.

Citation:

Binocular iPad Treatment of Amblyopia for Lasting Improvement of Visual Acuity

Li SL, Jost RM, Morale SE, et al. Binocular iPad Treatment of Amblyopia for Lasting Improvement of Visual Acuity. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online January 22, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5515.

 

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