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January 1, 2008

Band-Aids and Amblyopia

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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2008

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(1):145. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2007.10

Beauchamp's editorial1 asserts that amblyopia is associated with a significant decrement in quality of life. However, adults with amblyopia did not “regard themselves as ‘disabled’ and none of them attributed to amblyopia a problem they regarded as significant. . . . Patching appeared to have been responsible for more disabling effects than amblyopia itself.”2 Bullying and impaired social interactions related to patching are factors in reducing quality of life for children3 and in limited compliance.4

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