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Treatment of older children and young adults with amblyopia (lazy eye) can be challenging as traditional treatment with an eye patch is often unacceptable. Recently the use of video or iPad games have shown promise as an alternative treatment. The BRAVO study is a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled multicentre trial to assess the effectiveness of a novel videogame-based binocular treatment for amblyopia in older children and adults.

Our Orthoptist, Sandra Staffieri has been involved in the trial. Results will soon be published. For details on the study click here:

An estimated 170 million people worldwide suffer from age related macular degeneration (AMD), a serious eye condition marked by loss of central vision. Suffers struggle with daily life and cannot read or drive.

Scientists are working on a device that acts as an ‘artificial retina’ that can be implanted into the eye to restore functional vision.

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Links myopia to amount of time a child spends indoors.

Myopia and the factors involved in it’s progression is an area of intense research. Progression of myopia has been linked to lack of outdoor time in childhood.

I read with interest a recent publication where scientists in the USA have discovered a cell in the retina that may cause myopia when it dysfunctions. The dysfunction may be linked to the amount of time a child spends indoors and away from natural light. “This discovery could lead to a new therapeutic target to control myopia,” said Dr Greg Schwartz lead investigator and author of the research paper.

We are so often bombarded with the Dos and Don’ts when it comes to caring for our children. Ensuring they are healthy and happy is the most important role of the parent. Here are a few simple ways that you can help keep your child’s eyes and sight healthy.

A recent blog post on the RANZCO website has all the details.