Binocular amblyopia treatment with contrast-rebalanced movies

Published on May 16, 2019in Journal of Aapos1.339
· DOI :10.1016/J.JAAPOS.2019.02.007
Eileen E. Birch83
Estimated H-index: 83
(UTSW: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center),
Reed M. Jost13
Estimated H-index: 13
+ 5 AuthorsJoel N. Leffler10
Estimated H-index: 10
Background Binocular amblyopia treatments promote visual acuity recovery and binocularity by rebalancing the signal strength of dichoptic images. Most require active participation by the amblyopic child to play a game or perform a repetitive visual task. The purpose of this study was to investigate a passive form of binocular treatment with contrast-rebalanced dichoptic movies. Methods A total of 27 amblyopic children, 4-10 years of age, wore polarized glasses to watch 6 contrast-rebalanced dichoptic movies on a passive 3D display during a 2-week period. Amblyopic eye contrast was 100%; fellow eye contrast was initially set to a lower level (20%-60%), which allowed the child to overcome suppression and use binocular vision. Fellow eye contrast was incremented by 10% for each subsequent movie. Best-corrected visual acuity, random dot stereoacuity, and interocular suppression were measured at baseline and at 2 weeks. Results Amblyopic eye best-corrected visual acuity improved from 0.57 ± 0.22 at baseline to 0.42 ± 0.23 logMAR (t26 = 8.09; P  Conclusions In this cohort, passive viewing of contrast-rebalanced dichoptic movies effectively improved visual acuity in amblyopic subjects. The degree of improvement observed was similar to that previously reported for 2 weeks of binocular games treatment and with 3-4 months of occlusion therapy.
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