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iPad Game Helps Treat 'Lazy Eye' in Children

iPad Game Helps Treat 'Lazy Eye' in Children

An eye patch is a common way of treating kids who have a “lazy eye” or amblyopia, but a special iPad game holds promise as a treatment, too. New research suggests it may be even better. For the new study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, 28 children with a lazy eye were assigned to take part in either an iPad game treatment group or an eye patch treatment group. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, executive director of digital health at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said the study was small but strong because it included children with eye muscle problems as well as children with other visual conditions where one eye did not see as well as the other.

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