Amblyopia, popularly known as 'lazy eye' is a very common visual affection in children and, until now, it was considered very difficult or even impossible to correct it if it was not detected and treated before school age. However, an ophthalmological clinic in India has carried out a study, presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which shows that this visual alteration can be corrected with a therapy that combines standard treatment with the practice of video games.

The research has lasted a year and has counted with the participation of children aged between 10 and 18 years, a third of which has significantly improved their visual capacity, while 60% has shown some improvement.

Previously, the Pediatric Eye Disease Research Group, in the United States, had conducted research in which they found that 27% of the older children studied managed to improve their vision when they underwent the appropriate treatment, which encouraged the Dr. Ghosh Somen, author of the new study, to try new therapies that could be effective for these children to recover, at least, part of the vision.

The close collaboration of the patient is necessary for this type of treatment, but it shows that even older children can improve their vision significantly

Ghosh divided the patients into four groups, one of which followed a standard treatment that consisted of using, for at least two hours a day, a patch that prevented the vision of the "strong" eye to force the weakened eye function, exercising it.

The other three groups had reinforcement treatments, such as vitamin supplements and playing video games one hour a day, using only the weaker eye. One of the 16-year-olds, who followed videogame therapy for a few months, claims to have improved significantly, to the point of overcoming the difficulties he had in his academic activity.

As Dr. Ghosh points out, for this type of treatment to be effective, the patient's close cooperation is necessary, but it shows that even older children can recover part of their vision and significantly improve their quality of life and their possibilities of academic performance.


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