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Medicine

To save a child’s sight

David Hunter, REBIScan

MANY PEDIATRICIANS still perform the same kind of eye exam as in the 1950s: Cover one eye and read the chart. But children often can’t - or won’t - tell you if they can’t see clearly.

Yet vision loss can sometimes be prevented with early diagnosis. Pediatric ophthalmologist David Hunter of Children’s Hospital Boston was frustrated when young patients with lazy eye lost vision, because it can be corrected with an eye patch if caught early.

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