The authors report the results of a small pilot study to measure the use of electronic reminders for children undergoing treatment for amblyopia with patching by assessing changes in visual acuity, reported compliance and ease of use of the reminder app. In this prospective study of 27 patients, 24 completed the study; 12 in the reminder group and 12 controls. There was no significant difference in age between groups with similar gender, socioeconomic status (SES) and amblyopia. There were a greater number with positive family history of amblyopia in the reminder group. In the reminder group, the mean best corrected visual acuity in the amblyopia eye improved from 0.52 to 0.18 logMAR. In the control group, acuity improved from 0.50 to 0.33 logMAR. Compliance was 94% and 93% respectively. The authors conclude that the reminder app was shown to be feasible and warrants further investigation with specific targeting of the app to patient demographics and for those with compliance difficulty.

A pilot study using electronic reminders for amblyopia treatment.
Vagge A, Gunton KB, Schnall B.
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Fiona Rowe (Prof)

Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool, UK.

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