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January 7, 1974


Author Affiliations

University of Tennessee Memphis

JAMA. 1974;227(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230140049028

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To the Editor.—  I should like to reaffirm the importance of the still highly prevalent amblyopia or lazy eye. This is a highly treatable and preventable condition if found early, but it may become a permanently disabling condition. This is extremely important in the later life of the affected child. This latter point is not commonly understood even by professionally trained people.Between 1% and 2% of children have this defect and see less with one eye than with the other. Having seen the "good eye" diseased or damaged in later life, I am not only impressed by the number of parents who exclaim, "Well, now can he use his other eye?" but also by members of the medical profession who become suddenly "enlightened" when they realize that this lazy eye cannot function with more than the maximum vision attained in early life.An important fact is that only half