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can i use glasses to correct amblyopic eye?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Depends on age: If the amblyopia is mild and is discovered before a certain age (usually 4-6), it can sometimes be corrected with the use of glasses alone. If it is more severe, patching and eye exercises may be required. If the amblyopia is present past the teens, it usually cannot be corrected.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies with duration: Amblyopia is the process where the brain ignores the "camera" picture from one eye because it is less clear or causes double vision. It can sometimes be improved if the weaker eye is strengthened (glasses), the stronger eye is patched.This works primarily in kids where the problem has not go on too long.It will not benefit adults whose problem has lasted years.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get glasses on my amblyopic eye?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Maybe: You can get your prescription for your ambitious eye. If it is very different than your fellow eye, you may need acontact instead of glasses. It is also possible that the vision may not improve with correction in cases with severe amblyopia.

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