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are there any eye/vision exercises to help fix amblyopia?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Not really: Amblyopia occurs when one eye is not able to see as well as the other, and the brain decides that it does not want to use it. After a certain age (about 5 or so) the brain gets stubborn and permanently avoids using the eye. Eye exercises do not help, but depending on the age, glasses and other treatments may be available.
Answered on Feb 9, 2012
Dr. Benjamin Chun
27 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Amblyopia is a brain problem not an eye problem. We try to help children under the age of 10-12 with patching the good eye forcing the bad eye to develop that part of the brain. The plasticity usually slows as you reach your teen years. However, there was a recent study that even as adults, patching may have some benefits. I guess you can teach old dogs new tricks.... See your eye doctor.
Answered on Apr 14, 2013
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