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Amblyopia in Children Aged 7 to 17 Years

Calbert I. Phillips, MD, PhD, DPH, DO, FRCS(Eng),  FRCS(Edin)
Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(11):1668. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.11.1668-a.
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I have read with interest the recent important article by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.1A particular point to which I would draw attention is the much better response to treatment of the patients with anisometropic amblyopia compared with the strabismic and combined groups in those aged 7 to 12 years (Table 2), a question raised in the editorial.2Surprisingly, that did not apply in those aged 13 to 17 years (Table 3). The maximum improvement in visual acuity (9.9 letters) was greatest in those with anisometropia, but the numbers in the subgroups were small. The former finding supports the view that anisometropic amblyopia is different from strabismic amblyopia and should be managed differently.3,4



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