New Device Makes “Lazy Eye” Test for Children Easier

Lazy Eye Test

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Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition that affects 3-5% of children.  Early detection is key, and a new test developed by doctors at Children’s Hospital Boston looks to determine whether kids as young as 2 years old have the condition in just a few seconds.  Amblyopia is potentially blinding because the brain will actually lose the ability to process visual information from the weaker eye.  It is important that toddlers and preschoolers get tested because it is often too late to fully correct the problem in school aged children.

This new device called the Pediatric Vision Scanner appears in a July 7 article in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.  The tool uses laser technology to measure the eyes’ alignment.  Source: Medical News Today, July 9, 2011

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