test

SCROLL DOWN

Could an iPad game cure lazy eye in children?

Learn more about vision correction

08
Dec
2016

We all know that too much iPad use is leading to a number of health issues that could potentially affect our children’s vision – however it’s not all bad news, as research has found an iPad game that can cure lazy eye in children.

Lazy eye, also known as Amblyopia, is a condition where the vision in an eye is poor because it’s not used enough in early childhood and therefore doesn’t develop well. Amblyopia is believed to affect around one in 40 children in the UK and is usually diagnosed at around four years old.

Usually sufferers of amblyopia are given an eyepatch to cover the stronger eye in an attempt to boost connections between the brain and the weaker one – however children with a lazy eye could soon be treated by using a video game, scientists claim.

Many kids with amblyopia report having trouble with schoolwork or participating in gym class. Not only that, it can often leave them feeling depressed, frustrated and embarrassed.

girl with eye patch

Dr David Allamby, founder of Focus Clinic, says accessible games could help to remove the ‘stigma’ from children who suffer with lazy eye. He said: ‘The science behind eye patching is very simple, and it’s a technique that has been used for around 200 years. But it has major flaws. And in reality, it’s not as easy as it first appears. Firstly, more than half of children simply refuse to comply with the treatment.

‘Being forced to see the world through your weaker eye can be an incredibly frustrating experience, particularly for a youngster. Meanwhile having to wear an eyepatch at school can lead to stigma. Other children often stare at, or tease, a child wearing a patch which can make the sufferer more withdrawn and even depressed because their self-esteem takes a knock.”

‘So if lazy eye can be treated without a patch, and through playing a simple iPad – or iPatch – game instead, then that’s encouraging news indeed.’

child playing on ipad

Experts have developed the tablet video game which can encourage children to work their weaker eye harder. The game sees users having to return pieces of gold to a cart as quickly as possible while minding for obstructions, and were given special glasses to wear while playing, with the stronger eye being able to see some elements and the weaker being shown other elements in higher contrast.

There are a number of tell-tale signs that warn a parent their child may have a lazy eye.

Having a squint could show one eye is stronger than the other, while a clouding of the eye’s natural lens could also signal the condition. Dr Allamby advises that children have their eyes tested by a professional when they’re around three-and-a-half years old.

You can read the full story in the Mail Online.

By: David

If you are interested in vision correction at Focus Clinic please call us on 0207 307 8250 and book a free consultation.

Book your FREE consultation
Related Articles
  • Will I have dry eyes after lasik?

    What are floaters?

    Some people can notice a change in their floaters after having laser eye surgery, either a change in pattern or an increase. This seems to happen mainly for those patients with very high amounts of shortsight (myopia), eg -7.00 dioptres or higher. Also patients are paying much more attention to their vision, and the quality […]

    Learn more
  • Ocular Health: A Blind Spot in Parliament

    Ocular Health: A Blind Spot in Parliament

    At the end of March, the issue of eye health was discussed in parliament – for the first time in nearly seven years. Led by Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani, a parliamentary blind spot was addressed in a 90-minute debate in the House of Commons Chamber. Ms Ghani called for the government to develop and implement […]

    Learn more
  • prescription

    Prescription Drugs: What ones are damaging your eyes?

    What prescription drugs could be harming our vision? For many years there has been speculation over the side effects of major drugs around the world. Whilst adverse reactions to medical prescription are rare, they can and do appear for some of us, especially when drugs are taken for extended periods of time. The below common […]

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_227473228

    Blepharitis: Causes, symptoms and treatments

    Itchy eyes are a common sign of tiredness, but if your eyes are often itchy and pink, your eyelashes are crusty and your eyelids are raw, there’s a chance you might have a condition blepharitis. What is blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids, including the skin, lashes and meibomian […]

    Learn more
  • stress

    Are you up to your eyes in it? Here’s how stress can impact your vision

    Stress.  We all feel it sometimes right? But perhaps you can’t seem to escape it?  Whether it is at work, home or school, did you know anxiety can have an impact on your vision too? The Times have recently discussed the negative impact of taking multiple exams over a long period of time on students’ […]

    Learn more
  • smart glasses

    The new smart glasses: you’ve never seen or heard anything like it

    We all know that glasses help us read more easily, but did you know there will soon be smart glasses that can read out loud what’s written in front of us on paper? A new Japanese company called Oton Glass are currently developing a pair of glasses that will be able to convert text into […]

    Learn more
  • spot potential sight issues

    How to spot potential sight issues in Children

    Most children won’t have any idea that they have a vision problem, so it’s up to us to be vigilant when it comes to noticing signs of potential trouble.

    Learn more
  • Can you spot the robin perched in this herd of reindeer?

    Can you spot the robin perched in this herd of reindeer?

    The holidays are coming and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with an eye-boggling brain teaser. Can you spot the Robin? With the biggest Christmas adverts of the year now released spreading festive cheer across the country, we have come up with this eye-boggling brain teaser that asks challengers to to spot […]

    Learn more
  • eye tests

    Eye tests needed before laser eye surgery

    What eye tests are needed before laser eye surgery? You will have a comprehensive set of scans and tests at Focus Clinic before you meet your specialist. These eye tests give a wealth of data on your eye health and vision, and help ensure you are a safe candidate to undergo laser eye surgery. The tests […]

    Learn more
  • common habits that damage your eyes

    Common Habits That Can Damage Your Eyes

    "Don't sit so close to the television...you'll ruin your eyes!" Pretty much all of us will have had this shouted at us as kids! And to be fair to our concerned parents, there used to be some truth in the saying!

    Learn more
  • Children's Eyes

    Parents to protect children’s eyes by monitoring digital usage

    Most of us don’t go a day without using a digital screen, whether it’s at work on a computer, reading off a tablet or tending to our smartphone – and now younger and younger children’s eyes are being exposed to digital screens, threatening their vision. Tablets and phones have replaced the TV as a way […]

    Learn more
  • myopia epidemic

    The Myopia Epidemic Across The World: Which countries suffer the most and least?

    Over 80 million children are affected by the myopia epidemic and the economic cost is estimated at an annual $268 billion worldwide. What is myopia? Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error in your eye.  This means that the eye does not refract light properly to a single focus, which enabled you to […]

    Learn more
  • 1920-1200

    Hayfever and itchy eyes – What to do?

    Finally we have a warm week and it feels like summer is here. But for more than 15,000,000 people in the UK suffering with hay fever it’s all about sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. To help those of you suffering in the sun, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for battling those […]

    Learn more
  • glassesHeader-1920-1200

    Reading glasses and blended vision

    As we get a little older we all eventually suffer from something known as ‘Presbyopia’. It’s sounds complicated but it is simply a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see objects up close. A lens’ ability to focus depends on its ‘elasticity’ – i.e. […]

    Learn more
  • The Principle Causes of Blindness

    The Principle Causes of Blindness Worldwide

    Worldwide, over 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings and 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above. So what can cause Blindness? Multiple afflictions can affect the same […]

    Learn more
  • superfood can stop you going blind

    The secret superfood that could stop you going blind

    We are a nation of coffee drinkers. In fact, in the UK alone we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day. Thousands of studies have looked at coffee use in the past few decades and lately, more and more are reporting the real health benefits for coffee drinkers, from helping prevent diabetes, to […]

    Learn more
  • Laser eye surgery machine

    What kind of laser eye surgery is right for you?

    Until contact lenses were made popular in the 1950’s, the only way to correct vision problems was to wear glasses. Fast forward to 2016 and there is an abundance of different approaches to correct vision, from reshaping the cornea in laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK, to refractive lens exchange surgery. So […]

    Learn more
  • Healthy Vision Month: spot the sun-seeker not wearing sunglasses

    Healthy Vision Month: Can you spot the sun-seeker not wearing any sunglasses?

    The summer months are slowly but surely on their way, so what better way to encourage sun-seekers to protect their vision than with a brainteaser with an eye-testing twist? With the sun fighting to get through the clouds, we’ve come up with this eye-boggling brain teaser that asks challengers to spot the sun-seeker that isn’t […]

    Learn more
  • 1920--1200

    What happens if I blink during laser eye surgery?

    The idea of having laser surgery can be a frightening thought. One of the most common concerns that we hear is whether you will be able to keep your eyes open for long enough, and then what happens if you blink? We would like to take this time to give you some reassurance. We all […]

    Learn more
  • dark chocolate vision

    Need an excuse to eat chocolate? It’s good for your eyes

    With the Easter weekend only just over, there might be a few of us that are feeling a little guilty about the amount of chocolate we have eaten. But did you know that dark chocolate is actually good for our vision and can protect us from a number of diseases in our eyes? You probably […]

    Learn more
  • floaters

    What are eye floaters & are they a concern?

    Most of us have seen strange shapes floating in our vision from time to time and those tiny spots, specks and flecks that drift aimlessly around our field of vision are otherwise known as floaters. What are floaters? Floaters are caused by small piece of debris that float in the vitreous humour of the eye. […]

    Learn more
  • brussels sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts: The Seasonal Superfood that will Save your Sight

    Your Christmas vegetables could be giving you more than you bargained for, as new research has found that the famously unpopular brussels sprouts could actually help save your sight. The tiny green vegetable has a bad reputation, but even if you’ve had a bad experience with them in the past, they’re worth giving another shot […]

    Learn more
  • child-allergies

    Eye Allergies to look out for in Children

    Children who suffer from allergies will often have symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and nasal congestion - but if you find that their eyes are red, itchy, and swollen, there’s a good chance they might be suffering from an eye allergy too.

    Learn more
  • Hay Fever

    Hay Fever: Preventing Itchy Eyes

    Spring days are nigh, and for many of us, with the increasing pollen count, Hay Fever is looming. The oncoming bouts of itchy eyes and a runny nose fill sufferers with dread, so what would be better than to prepare for, and possibly eliminate, these symptoms before pollen terrorises them for foreseeable sunny days? It […]

    Learn more
  • 1920--1200

    New eye layer linked to glaucoma

    Last July we reported on a very exciting discovery of a new human body part! It was an extra layer in the eye, called Dua’s layer, named after its discoverer Dr Harminder Dua. The finding of the new layer, was expected to hold the key to many eye diseases, why they occurred, and more importantly, […]

    Learn more
  • 1920--1200

    City living and dry eyes

    An American study has found that city living increases the likelihood of suffering from dry eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where either the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears that are made evaporate from the eye too quickly. Lack of tears causes the eye to dry out which can leave […]

    Learn more
  • Why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious eye problems

    Why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious eye problems

    Did you know nearly one person in every 25 in the UK has diabetes? It can take time to get your diabetes under control, but the results are worth it – otherwise you could set yourself up for a host of complications. Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body, and […]

    Learn more
  • teamHeader-david-1920-1200-1

    How to choose a laser eye surgeon

    How to choose a laser eye surgeon – What should people consider when choosing a surgeon, what should they ask him/her about their qualifications etc? What should they be looking for? An important question is actually one many people don’t think of – how many other patients will have treatment with that surgeon on the […]

    Learn more
  • woman watching tv

    TV Shows of 2017: What takes the crown as most watched?

    With blue Monday just a few days ago and many of us still in the throws of January blues, some of us may be looking back and reflecting on the year just gone. This time of year we see programmes crop up that look back at the highs and lows of 2017, and here at […]

    Learn more
  • focusHeader-1920-1200-1

    Helping those who cannot see, with science

    Helping those who cannot see, with science Scientists from Cambridge University say that they have successfully managed to print new eye cells. These cells could be used to treat and cure certain types of blindness. this Bio-printing technology is the first step towards using 3D printer technology to create artificial tissue, and is currently being […]

    Learn more
Get in touch
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!
Reviews

Anthony

17th Jun

anthony

'I would certainly recommend Focus based on my experience'

close
close
big close

Book a free* consultation

There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!

Would you rather speak to someone?

*Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 9am – 6pm Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Would you rather speak to someone?

Call: 0207 307 8250

to arrange your free* consultation
There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Mr Samer Hamada
laser and lens eye surgery specialist
 Samar Hamada