Health: Less Patchwork

Good news for the million or so kids who have lazy eye: they may not have to wear their eye patch all day anymore. Until now, doctors have recommended that children with lazy eye, or amblyopia, wear a patch over the good eye for six hours a day to help strengthen the weaker one. That prescription often meant that kids had to wear their patches at school and suffer the taunts of classmates. But in the May issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers report that the eye patch effectively treated moderate amblyopia in 189 children whether it was worn for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!