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No need for children with lazy eye to wear patches all day
Date:9/14/2007

for children who received less than three hours a day.

Children under 4 years of age required significantly less occlusion (under three hours a day) than older children to correct their vision.

This analysis suggests that achieving an initial dose rate of three to four hours a day should be a clinical priority, say the authors. The response depends on age, however, so for children under 4 years this could be reduced. Patching beyond 12 weeks did not confer additional benefit.

Eye patching can cause considerable distress for both the child and family, they add, so doctors should try to minimise the amounts necessary for the best expected outcome.


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