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Video Game to Help Treat Lazy Eye

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It is intended that children suffering from a lazy eye will be able to play the video game instead of having to wear an eye patch.

"Children wear special gaming goggles while playing the game for an hour a day for up to 10 days. The goggles feed a clearer image to the lazy eye."

Our clinical negligence team is currently acting on behalf of a young boy who suffers from visual problems, including a lazy eye, and is meant to wear special glasses with a patch built in for around 2 hours a day. Unfortunately, as I'm sure most can imagine, it is extremely difficult to make a young child wear a patch or glasses especially when they cannot understand why you are trying to cover up their 'good eye'.

I think that clearly it would be more of a stimulating and engaging treatment for a child to play a video game as opposed to wearing an eye patch which is often deemed as annoying and frustrating. Perhaps it may even speed up recovery of the lazy eye as they may be more likely to stick with the treatment.

Research is still very much in the early stages and the equipment is currently not commercially available, however it is hoped that there will be further investigation into this type of treatment.

Kirsteen Hook
Trainee Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team

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