Can photoscreening detect lazy eyes?

Can photoscreening detect lazy eyes?

The largest, longest study of the use of photoscreening to detect amblyopia, or a lazy eye, in children aged six months to six years has found that the process may more effective than any other.

Over 147,000 children were screened over a 9 year period in collaboration between the KidSight programme, medical director Dr William Scott of the University of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Clubs.

According to the research, approximately four per cent of children screened needed follow-ups for possible amblyopia, which corresponds to the expected rate of the disorder in the general population.

Additionally, more than 95 per cent of the nearly 148,000 children in the study received a reliable screening result, and follow-up was successful for more than 80 per cent of those referred for further testing.

Dr Scott commented: "This programme has had a lasting, beneficial impact on the children of Iowa, and seems to be cost-effective as well."

Also recently, it was revealed that research is being carried out by the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute, with Dr Peter Hersh acting as principal investigator, and the specialists hope it will show how CXL can strengthen the cornea and decrease the progression of keratoconus. 

by Emily Tait

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