The authors of a clinical study concluded that treating amblyopia before entering formal schooling is a good idea because of amblyopia’s effect on peer-to-peer interactions and subsequent self-perception by the child with amblyopia.
First- and second-grade students with AMBLYOPIA in the clinical study showed significantly LOWER SELF-PERCEPTION OF PHYSICAL COMPETENCE as well as significantly LOWER PEER ACCEPTANCE than those children without amblyopia. In other words, the children with amblyopia thought more lowly of their own physical abilities and were less likely to be well-accepted by their peers.
Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in children. 2 to 3 children out of every 100 have this condition. Amblyopia is an inability to see 20/20 despite wearing glasses and not having an organic eye disease. Active therapy is the best way to develop two eyes that work well together in synchrony. Patching alone will not accomplish this goal.
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