Eye drops and patches both in fact work for amblyopia

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7350.1397 (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1397
  1. Michael X Repka, study's protocol chairman. (mrepka{at}jhmi.edu)
  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 21287-9028, USA

    EDITOR—I am the protocol chairman of the amblyopia treatment study, the results of which were cited in Josefson's news article.1 The report from our study group in the Archives of Ophthalmology did not conclude that any treatment was superior for the types of amblyopia that we studied, although Josefson's article suggests otherwise. Rather, we concluded that both atropine eye drops and patches work.

    These important treatments differ both medically and socially, so doctors and parents need to discuss the case and then decide which treatment would be best for their patient or child.


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