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    Elbow splinting increases amblyopia patching compliance

    Elbow splints can increase children’s compliance with a patching regimen for amblyopia, researchers say.

    Eighty-three percent of children who had resisted patching kept the patches in place after their elbows were put in splints, K. Sabri and colleagues of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, reported.

    “Adding elbow splints to the occlusion therapy regimen is an effective and parentally acceptable treatment method to ensure that all is done in order to try and improve vision in amblyopic eyes,” they wrote in the journal Eye.

    People with uncorrected amblyopia have triple the risk of depression, double the risk of mortality and greater difficulties with day-to-day living, Sabri and colleagues wrote, citing previous research.

    Most often, physicians treat the condition by putting a patch over the amblyopic eye. But children find the patches unattractive or irritating. More than half the time, they take the patches off before the therapy is complete.

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