Recovery of contour integration in relation to LogMAR visual acuity during treatment of amblyopia in children

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PURPOSE: In several studies, researchers have found that integration of orientation information along contours defined by Gabor patches is abnormal in patients with strabismus and in untreated patients with anisometropic amblyopia. In this study, the rate and degree of recovery of contour-integration deficits were compared with the recovery of logMAR (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution) visual acuity deficits in patients newly diagnosed with amblyopia secondary to anisometropia, strabismus, or both. METHOD: Contour-detection thresholds and optotype acuity were measured in 17 newly diagnosed anisometropic amblyopes, in 6 patients with strabismic amblyopia, and in 4 patients with combined anisometropic and strabismic amblyopia. Contour-detection thresholds were measured with a card-based procedure. Treatment comprised full refractive correction and full-time total occlusion therapy, when necessary. Visual function was measured at monthly visits during the course of treatment, with an average follow-up period of 16 weeks (12-24 weeks) for the entire group. Complete data were obtained from 23 patients through 8 weeks of follow-up. RESULTS: Significant interocular differences in contour-detection thresholds were present in 16 of the 27 patients at the first visit after initial refractive correction. Interocular differences in contour-detection thresholds declined to normal levels in most of the patients within 8 weeks of the initiation of treatment. Interocular acuity differences remained significant in many of the patients (19/23) at 8 weeks of follow-up and continued to decline, but did not fully normalize, over the remainder of the follow-up period. CONCLUSIONS: Refractive correction alone or in combination with occlusion therapy produces a normalization of contour-integration thresholds in amblyopia that is more rapid and complete than that achieved for visual acuity.


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Chandna, Arvind<br/>Gonzalez-Martin, Jose A<br/>Norcia, Anthony M<br/>eng<br/>EY06579/EY/NEI NIH HHS/<br/>Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't<br/>Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.<br/>Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2004 Nov;45(11):4016-22. doi: 10.1167/iovs.03-0795.