Engaging young amblyopes in animated gameplay that emphasises binocular visual tasks as a key to success.
Amblyopia (‘lazy-eye’) is a neuro-developmental eye disorder that affects approximately 2% of the population. Early intervention to ‘wake up’ the amblyopic eye is optimal in treating individuals with amblyopia. Conventional methods typically involve the use of eye patches or atropine eye drops to suppress the stronger eye. However, studies indicate low compliance in young children due to the discomfort of eye patches or drops.
Our target users are children between 6-8 years old who have amblyopia. Our goal is for these children to interact playfully with animated objects within a virtual environment, while at the same time exercising (and thus improving) their stereoacuity ([the quality of focus using both eyes]).