Electronic Smart Glasses Treat Children’s Amblyopia

New electronic smart glasses treat amblyopia in children in the similar manner as old scholl methods.

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U.S. has come up with trial results of its new “programmable electronic glasses” which is equally capable of improving vision impairment in children, which was earlier treated with traditional methods like with the help of “eye patches”.

Researchers of “Glick Eye Institute” from the Indiana University believe that the “digital patch” is “the first new effective treatment” in fifty years that cures the “lazy eye”, in other words “amblyopia” for children, which is one of the “most common cause of visual impairment in children”.

A child suffering from amblyopia faces “poor vision” in one eye that failed to develop in normal manner in the “early childhood” period. Consequently, one eye either tends to get “much more nearsighted than the other” or “wanders” inward. In such cases, it is critical that a child suffering from amblyopia receives due treatment by the age of eight for till that age a kids brain and eye membranes are still at a formative stage, lest the child turns blind in the affected eye.

As per “recent study” almost one in four kinds affected by amblyopia is anxious “before using eye drops”, while fifteen percent of them even “refuse to take eye drops at all”. Occlusion method is at the base for the drops and eye patches to work successfully.

The said treatment blocks the vision in the unaffected eye which forces the brain to see with the “lazy eye” and in course improve the vision, while many of them may still require “glasses” for correcting their eyesight. On the other hand, the electronic glasses follow a combination of “vision correction and occlusion” method, wherein at a later stage the electronic glasses can be replaced by lenses to suit the child’s prescription.

Furthermore, the lenses that are used in the frame are of “liquid crystal display”. Therefore, they can be “programmed to turn opaque” which allows the vision in either of the eyes to be occluded at a different interval. The said feat is achieved for the lenses act like a “digital patch that flickers on and off”.

The study that involves the occlusion glasses compares its results with “randomised clinical study” in patching practice. In order to conduct the study, the research team recruited thirty subjects who range between the age of three to eight. Two groups were formed from the subjects present, one group “wore an adhesive patch for two hours daily” while the other “wore Amblyz occlusion glasses for 4 hours daily”.

The results of this comparative test that took place over a period of three months both the group “showed the same result” in its improvement of lazy eye syndromes whereby they gained “two lines on a reading chart”. A professor of Indiana University, Daniel Neely who teaches paediatric ophthalmology, stated:
“When you talk to adults who underwent childhood treatment for amblyopia, they will tell you that wearing a patch was the worst thing ever.
“With these electronic occlusion glasses, the child learns that the lens will be clear again in just a few seconds so they may be more cooperative with the treatment. For parents who have struggled with drops and patching, this could be a great alternative”.

References:
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/

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