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Invited Commentary
November 15, 2018

Childhood Self-perceptions in Children With Amblyopia: Is the Problem the Disease or the Treatment?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stein Eye Institute, Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(2):174-175. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.5543

The study by Birch et al1 in this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology provides us with an informative perspective on the lives of children who were treated for amblyopia. These investigators studied 50 children who received treatment for amblyopia who were approximately age 10 years who wore eyeglasses, 31 (62%) of whom had been treated for strabismus, including surgically, and in whom the median stereopsis was nil. The children with amblyopia were compared with 13 similarly aged patients with anisometropia or strabismus who mostly wore eyeglasses but did not have amblyopia and had moderately impaired mean stereopsis of 200 arcseconds. A final group was visually healthy children, none of whom wore eyeglasses and who had a mean stereopsis of 40 to 50 arc-seconds, representing the best possible performance on this test.