The World of Amblyopia Treatment
Moderators: Karen McMain, Med, OC(C) & Shelly Klein, CO, COMT
Dichoptic Training and Video Games in the Treatment of Amblyopia: Fantasy or (virtual) Reality?
Linda Colpa OC(C)
Birgit Wahl, MSc
Benefits, Barriers and Understanding: The Importance of Spectacle Wear in Young Children
Alison Bruce, PhD
Complications of Amblyopia Treatment
David Newsham, PhD
Adherence to Therapy in Occlusion
Jan Roelof Polling, PhD candidate
Question and Answer Session
Purpose/Relevance: Amblyopia causes more unilateral cases of reduced vision in childhood than all other causes combined, and it affects as many as four out of every one hundred children. An important public health problem because of its prevalence, visual impairment from amblyopia is lifelong and can be profound.
Target Audience: Pediatric Ophthalmologists, General Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Researchers
Current Practice: Occlusion therapy
Best Practice: There is a need for evidenced-based medical approaches in amblyopia treatment.
Expected Outcomes: Our symposium speakers will take a trip around the world of amblyopia examining different aspects of treatment and the effect of untreated amblyopia on children’s learning. They will examine the evidence for a range new treatments from dichoptic training, perceptual learning and video gaming to a new look at older methods such as inverse occlusion. The adherence to treatment its complications and need for spectacle wear in the young will be addressed. There will be an opportunity to look at the results from these treatment modalities and discuss “take home” recommendations for care.
Format: Panel discussion
References: Behavioral Training as a treatment for adult amblyopia; A meta-analysis and systematic review. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2015, Vol.56, Issue 6.