Game over for amblyopia?

29 January 2021
Winter 2021

Amblyopia is a binocular disorder but all too often it is treated monocularly. Becky McCall asks if video game play offers a new way forward.

An estimated one in 50 children develop amblyopia (NHS, 2019). Although the condition can be bilateral, it most commonly affects one eye. But amblyopia is a binocular disorder, a mismatch between the images to each eye. And reduced visual acuity (VA) is not the only problem in an amblyopic patient’s visual system: reduced binocularity and stereopsis, can lead to weaker motor skills (Webber, 2018). 

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