Poster Title

Improving upon the Compatibility of Occlusion Therapy in Pediatric Cases

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Secondary School

Institution

Project Lead The Way - Kentucky

KY House District #

60

KY Senate District #

11

Abstract

Amblyopia is a detrimental side effect in the case of pediatric cataracts. This condition, also known as “lazy-eye”, can only be corrected with the usage of occlusion therapy following the cataract removal surgery. Thus far in this field, occlusion therapy for children primarily relies on patching therapy. Patching therapy involves the physical usage of a patch covering the stronger eye to allow the brain to recognize the weaker eye. This therapy method can be difficult in young children because of the irritation entailed with having an adhesive covering over their eye. The outlook of this project is to adjust this therapy experience to increase patient to treatment compatibility. Within this design, participants will have an adjusted therapy schedule that will reduce their occlusion time to smaller increments. The therapy also includes a series of visual games in combination with patching therapy that focus on strengthening depth perception and acuity. The purpose of this innovation is to distract the children and work towards improving their lazy eye. It is the hope that with this addition, the patients will have an eased therapy experience.

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Improving upon the Compatibility of Occlusion Therapy in Pediatric Cases

Amblyopia is a detrimental side effect in the case of pediatric cataracts. This condition, also known as “lazy-eye”, can only be corrected with the usage of occlusion therapy following the cataract removal surgery. Thus far in this field, occlusion therapy for children primarily relies on patching therapy. Patching therapy involves the physical usage of a patch covering the stronger eye to allow the brain to recognize the weaker eye. This therapy method can be difficult in young children because of the irritation entailed with having an adhesive covering over their eye. The outlook of this project is to adjust this therapy experience to increase patient to treatment compatibility. Within this design, participants will have an adjusted therapy schedule that will reduce their occlusion time to smaller increments. The therapy also includes a series of visual games in combination with patching therapy that focus on strengthening depth perception and acuity. The purpose of this innovation is to distract the children and work towards improving their lazy eye. It is the hope that with this addition, the patients will have an eased therapy experience.