This study suggests that an extended period in complete darkness may result in the restoration of normal vision among kittens with induced vision problems. It should not be interpreted to mean that keeping children with a lazy eye in the dark for 10 days could help them see better – even if it did, such an action would be unethical and arguably illegal.
Treatment of amblyopia in children generally involves first treating the underlying condition. For example, strabismus (crossed eyes) or other visual problems such as short sightedness (myopia). After treating these causes, a patch can be used to obscure the vision of the normal eye, forcing the brain to use the signal being sent from the affected eye. Read more about the treatment of lazy eye.
The researchers suggest there may…