MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Eileen E. Birch, PhD
Director, Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Evaluation Center
Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We previously reported that amblyopia, but not nonamblyopic strabismus or anisometropia, is associated with slower reading speed (Kelly et al Journal of AAPOS 2015) and that this is related to abnormal eye movements and unstable fixation associated with amblyopia (Kelly et al 2017). We have also shown that amblyopic children are slower at completing Scantron answer sheets (JAMA Ophthalmology 2018). We thought that these difficulties experiences in school-age children with amblyopia might affect their self-perception.