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November 1963

Home Pleoptics: Increasing Therapeutic Importance

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;70(5):616-624. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960050618007

Introduction  Home pleoptic therapy is almost unknown in Germany and Switzerland where the science of pleoptics was speeded in its development by the availability of inpatient treatment at pleoptic schools. In the Pleoptic School of Cüppers1 in Giessen and Bangerter2 in St. Gallen intensive therapy of amblyopia is carried out with the children in full-time residence. In addition to pleoptic sessions of several hours a day, full teaching schedules and other activities are maintained so that no time is lost away from school. The parents' burden is relieved as well, since no long periods on clinic waiting-room benches are necessary and twice-daily trips to a hospital or clinic are avoided. Thus, the inpatient unit where pleoptics, orthoptics, and regular scholastic and athletic activities are maintained in a pleasant atmosphere is the ideal unit for the intensive treatment of amblyopia. In the United States, however, where hospitalization for pleoptic