|Amblyz from Xpand 3D|
Treating Amblyopia with Electronic GlassesThis has got to be one of the neatest things and best news that I have read for children with Amblyopia! A new way to treat Amblyopia using electronic glasses. The patch could be a thing of the past!
The glasses, named Amblyz, were developed by Xpand 3D and designed by Gigodesign to treat Amblyopia in children. Amblyz glasses look similar to prescription sports goggles. The glasses then uses an electronic liquid crystal shuttering device that is programmable so that the glasses intermittently occlude the eye. The lens will alternate in between being opaque vs transparent, essentially like an electronic shade. Amblyz glasses are rechargeable (can be done at night when the child isn't wearing them) and come with a charging cable.
It's been a long time coming for Amblyz of which the prototype was developed in 2004. Clinical trials and studies have been completed overseas (in the Middle East). You can find info on the trials, research and development on the Amblyz site including links to the studies.
I want Amblyz for my child... When can I get these?
Amblyz will be available in the US in December 2012 via select Opthalmologists and Opticians.
How much do Amblyz cost?
They will be priced around $500 which includes a guarantee against breakage
What do you think? Would you use these instead of patching?
Here are my initial thoughts on Amblyz. Or perhaps... my Questions about Amblyz
- Will other colors or styles be available?
- Will they come in different sizes?
- How comfortable are these?
- Is there a way to turn off the electronic shuttering when clear lenses are needed?
- Will insurance cover these frames?
So many questions... but I'm definitely going to do more research about these.
I would love to know what YOU think... Would you get these for your child???? What questions do you have?
Xpand 3D - Amblyz website
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