Medline Plus, a medical dictionary,
defines amblyopia as,
dimness of sight especially in one eye without
apparent change in the eye structures—called also lazy eye,
Imagine that you are the parent of a young child with
the condition described above. You would do anything to help your
child achieve normal sight. Any parent would.
In March 2002 Emory Eye Center issued a news release
touting a recent study had discovered atropine drops work just as
well as patching the affected eye.
That would be great news if it really was new information
but according to the American Orthoptic Journal, 48: 3-7
(1998), Dr. Claude Worth discovered atropine drops work as well
as patching the amblyopic eye.
Dr. Claude Worth made and wrote about his discovery
in 1903 --- one hundred years before Emory issued their press release.
Claiming such information is 'new', 'encouraging',
as Emory has done is questionable. It clearly is not new--it was
new 100+ years ago but not today. Administration of the drops is
not new and in comparing their report and Worth's et al literature,
there is no new information coming forth from this study.
No children with amblyopia benefited from this study.
This study spent federal tax dollars that could have been directed
toward more worthwhile efforts to help sick children.
news release March 11, 2002
Orthoptic Journal, 48: 3-7 (1998)