A couple things turned up today that I wanted to mention briefly:
- Using Tetris to treat amblyopia – This study has gotten quite a bit of press recently, my favorite write-up comes from Dr. Nate at Bright Eyes News. His explanation of amblyopis is excellent. A couple of quick thoughts on the study: 1) it was looking specifically at adults with amblyopia, and contrary to what was previously believed, many of the adults were able to improve their vision with treatment. The authors do not say whether this would be applicable to children. 2) As Dr. Nate points out, the Tetris part is not the most interesting part, what is interesting about the research was that it was looking at how encouraging the eyes to work together was very helpful in the treatment of amblyopia. 3) This was a small study (18 adults), hopefully it will lead to further study.
- A 5-Year old has YouTube tutorials for decorating patches – Addie is 5 and patches for amblyopia. She’s started decorating her patches with stickers, and has short YouTube videos with ideas for eye patch decoration. If your child is feeling very alone about wearing an eye patch, they might enjoy watching some of her videos. In this one, she also talks about what she would like other people to say if they see a child wearing an eye patch:
“It would be nice to say ‘Cool! Where did you get that? I want one!’ And it’s not nice to say, ‘why do you have that thing on your eye?'”
Addie, I completely agree.