Amblyopia also called Lazy Eye, is the main cause of visual impairment in children. The children feel poor vision on eye. Usually the development is not visible during early childhood. It occurs when one eye is more near sighted than the other one. Sometimes one eye wanders/strays inward. The child need to take treatment by the age of eight or so. It is the starting age while the brain and eyes are further developing to prevent defects in the weaker eye.
It becomes difficult for both parents and ophthalmologists to help children to accomplish with lazy eye treatments like medicated drops or eye patches, because of discomfort and social stigma. A study conducted recently revealed that there are 15% children who refuse to take eye drops, and remaining children feels anxious before using eye drops. Both eye patches and eye drops work based on the method called occlusion, which blocks vision in the eye with the best sight, hence forcing the brain to depend on the so-called lazy eye. Though there are so many children who still need eye glasses to correct their sight.
AAO presented the research on 119th annual meeting, at 2015. Thereby, it was found that the scientists have developed the digital glasses to help children to solve lazy eye. This digital glasses are specially designed electronic glasses that combine occlusion and vision correction. The lenses are made up of LCD and also they are programmed to change from clear to opaque. The change depends on the occlusion of the eye and for the numerous time intervals. Basically, it acts like a digital patch that on and off.
In this last half century, this digital patch is the very first new effective treatment of Amblyopia. In a random study, the researchers tested the effectiveness of this digital glasses compared with regular eye patches. The results are very positive towards to this digital patches. In this vast study, the glass worn by lazy eye children changes from clear to opaque for every thirty seconds. After three months of comparison, it is found that both groups of children has achieved same amount of improvement and gained two lines in chart.
This glasses are really great alternative to normal patches which need to be taken care often. The eye care professional sells this worth and effective glasses for the price around 450$. We can hope that it will help millions of children to cure Amblyopia.