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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Overview)

loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For more information, see: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/amblyopia


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How does a child develop amblyopia?

How does a child develop amblyopia?

Amblyopia: Amblyopia means loss of vision when the eye is not used. This is caused by a condition called "lazy eye"l. Because of a weak eye muscle(s), the affected eye does not move synchronously with the normal eye. Consequently, the normal eye dominates the function of "seeing" and leaving the affected eye to lose its visual function leading to blindness. If caught early, blindness can be prevented. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Overview)

loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For more information, see: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/amblyopia


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What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

Blurred vision: Amblyopia is a doctor's name for diminished vision, usually in just one eye, in the absence of demonstrable anatomic abnormalities, i.e. The eye exam appears normal. Common causes are a difference in the refraction (how near-sighted or far-sighted) between the eyes, or a misalignment of the eyes. Often no abnormal outward appearace is present, and the condition is discovered on school screenings. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Tip)

It's important for patients with an amblyopia to protect their good eye when doing risky activities. ...See more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
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Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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What are some signs I have lazy eye?

What are some signs I have lazy eye?

Lazy eye: One eye moves normally in the direction of an object, while the other eye points in, out, up or down. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix amblyopia?

Is it possible to fix amblyopia?

Yes in children: Amblyopia is treatable in children. The earlier the treatment the better the results. Causes if amblyopia include problems obstruction the view of the eye such as droopy lid, refractive error, cataract, and others. In adults, vision will not improve, protect the good eye with polycarbonate glasses and avoid elective surgery to good eye. Pediatric ophthalmologist can advise best. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Amblyopia (Tip)

You can have a very normal life, and no one can even tell you have amblyopia. ...See more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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Can the wrong eye glass prescription cause a 3 year old eyes to get worse if he is diagnosed as having amblyopia?

Can the wrong eye glass prescription cause a 3 year old eyes to get worse if he is diagnosed as having amblyopia?

Yes: Having the right prescription is very important in the treatment of amblyopia. While there are several causes, the pathway is the same: the brain suppresses the vision in the weak or non dominant eye leading to progressive loss of vision from nonuse. Treatment other than lenses may be necessary. Be sure he is being treated by an expert pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If you have amblyopia, what scores do you get on the vision chart tests?

If you have amblyopia, what scores do you get on the vision chart tests?

Varies widely: The depth of amblyopia generally depends upon the level of blur present during childhood. We generally see visions ranging from 20/30 to as poor as 20/400. Generally acuity improves with single letters which decreases visual confusion. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Tip)

Amblyopia does not have to be a handicap. You can readily adapt and lead a normal functional life. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover your eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What should I know about amblyopia?

What should I know about amblyopia?

Turning off vision: The human brain utilized the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may begin turning off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed. ...Read more

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Can drooping eyelids cause amblyopia?

Can drooping eyelids cause amblyopia?

Not always: In children , if a dropping eyelid blocks (or partially) the child's vision, it certainly can, but it won't if the visual axis is wide open or if the patient is an adult. See am ophthalmologist to determine if it is blocking the vision. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Tip)

Unless the eyes are misaligned, amblyopia is your private issue as no-one else will notice it. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
once
Do not use someone else's eye drops
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What can ill defined optic disc margins mean? I have amblyopia but apparently in the opposite eye. would the amblyopic eye have higher prescription?

What can ill defined optic disc margins mean? I have amblyopia but apparently in the opposite eye.  would the amblyopic eye have higher prescription?

Ill defined margins: ill-defined margins of the optic disc generally are not of any consequence. As long as the optic disc is not swollen and there are signs of normal intracranial pressure, then it is nothing to worry about. Best to check with her doctor for details. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Tip)

Always protect your good eye. Interestingly people with amblyopia do have some depth perception. ...See more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
once
Reduce alcohol intake
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Can anyone treat anisometic amblyopia?

Can anyone treat anisometic amblyopia?

Yes: See your eye doctor to prescribe necessary spectacle prescription. Patching the good eye forcing the use of lazy eye. ...Read more

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I have amblyopia. How is it treated?

I have amblyopia. How is it treated?

In children: It is treated with glasses, patching, and/or eye drops. It is not really treatable in adults. See an eye doctor in person to make sure of what you have though. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Amblyopia (Tip)

Protect both the amblyopic, and normal eye with glasses. ...See more

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What video games are good for treating amblyopia?

What video games are good for treating amblyopia?

None: There is no evidence that supports a video game as a treatment for amblyopia. It is usually patching that works. ...Read more

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Do you think amblyopia treatment would yield any results if it starts at the age of 18 years?

Unlikely: The brain is wired in such a way as to allow some improvement from amblyopia if treated early (before age 7). After age 9, there is little that can be done to reverse amblyopia, although intense therapy may recover a small amount of vision. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Tip)

Since the amblyopic eye is less functional than th normal eye, it's vital to wear protective glasses. ...See more

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Are there effective treatments for dyslexia and amblyopia?

Are there effective treatments for dyslexia and amblyopia?

Dyslexia is a : Language-based learning disability that is brain-based. Intensive, long-term, multimodal therapy can improve reading skills & actually change the areas of the brain recruited for reading to those activated by fluent readers. ("overcoming dyslexia" by dr. Shaywitz). Ped. Ophthalmologists treat amblyopia with eye drops to blur vision in the better eye + glasses. Young kids usually have good results. ...Read more

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How long does it take homeopathic medicine to cure amblyopia?

How long does it take homeopathic medicine to cure amblyopia?

Never: There is no homeopathic treatment for amblyopia. Please challenge anyone claiming there is any type of "medicine" for amblyopia to produce a peer-reviewed published study demonstrating such a benefit from any medication. Then, let me know, because i would love to read it. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Amblyopia (Tip)

Not a problem. Many people can see very well with just one eye, and drive too. ...See more

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Are there any procedure to get rid of lazy eye?

Are there any procedure to get rid of lazy eye?

Yes: Therapy decision making for lazy eye depends on starting vision, when found, how much deviation, intermittent vs. Constant, how bothersome, underlying cause, etc. Then eye muscle surgery can be performed to align the eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more