Parents with children suffering from amblyopia (referred to by some as "Lazy Eye") frequently have trouble with kids refusing to do vision correction exercises. Since these exercises are important to correcting this type of vision problem, parents need tools to make the activity more fun and engaging for youngsters. Correction of amblyopia typically involves some sort of repetitive coordinative exercise, such as navigating a maze on paper, drawing lines on paper, etc. The problem is that some kids find these activities to be tedious and unchallenging.
One company has stepped up to create a game that makes this kind of therapy more exciting to children. The company is Taiwan-based IdeaBus, and the game is called Captain Lazy Eye. IdeaBus worked closely with former Ophthalmology department director of both Chungua Christian Hospital and Chungshan Medical University in Taiwan, Dr. Sharon Chuang. Chuang has been successfully treating amblyopic children, so it made sense that IdeaBus would seek out her input to create a game that aimed to do the same thing.
According to its creators, Captain Lazy Eye turns correctional training into fun games using a pirate theme. The theme is meant to get children to put a patch over one eye so they will conduct the necessary occlusion exercises in order to achieve training goals. The App also records the children’s training status and results on a graph which enables parents to immediately find out how their children are doing, while also allowing a physician to have an accurate training log for reference during regular clinical visits.