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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For ...Read more


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17 years old with amblyopia. Does patching helps? Thanks

17 years old with amblyopia. Does patching helps? Thanks

Depends: Ambliopia 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 or if the eye is lined up better with surgery.If the distortion was recent,it might help,but most distortions start early and patching after age 8 has limited benefit ...Read more

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Chances to treat amblyopia in anisometropia OD + 2.75 OS + 4.00 in 7 year old? Patching 2hr per day as well. Thanks

Chances to treat amblyopia in anisometropia OD + 2.75 OS + 4.00 in 7 year old? Patching 2hr per day as well. Thanks

Amblyopia : Amblyopia improves when treatment starts early in life, you just have to follow your ophthalmologist instructions, go for follow up as recommended & leave the rest in God's hands. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have amblyopia, and i'm almost 18. Will eye patch treatment work?

I have amblyopia, and i'm almost 18. Will eye patch treatment work?

Probably not: Doesn't hurt to try for a little bit (no downside), but the central nervous system is not as plastic as the peripheral nervous system and typically the visual system has completed development by that age. ...Read more

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Rapid onset adult amblyopia.Vision worsening,mostly due wandering eye that seems impossible to keep in tandem.Did patch method 4mo. No change.Causes?

Rapid onset adult amblyopia.Vision worsening,mostly due wandering eye that seems impossible to keep in tandem.Did patch method 4mo. No change.Causes?

Puzzling assumption: Vision worsening because of wandering eye is expected, but often the wondering is triggered by other eye or eye muscle issues. If alignment cannot be maintained the brain will deny input from one eye=amblyopia. Get the best evaluation by an ophthalmologist you can and hope for the best. ...Read more

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Where can you get eye patchs for lazy eye?

Where can you get eye patchs for lazy eye?

Make one: Find a pirates patch. Make your own with tape and gauze. ...Read more

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Until when can I wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Until when can I wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Effectiveness : Patching the stronger eye can help keep the brain from turning off the input from the weaker eye.That process called amblyopia, takes place if eyes are misaligned causing double vision or one eye gives a blurry image.If the problem is not fixed by the time the visual system matures (6-8yr) it is unlikely to be helpful. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fix lazy eye by patching?

How long does it take to fix lazy eye by patching?

Long time: Depends on age (older = harder), severity of deviation, the amount of amblyopia, visual acuity, etc. Patching may be done in combination with other therapies. ...Read more

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Until what age can one wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Until what age can one wear a patch for my lazy eye?

Try it: At age 33, chances of success are less, but patching your stronger eye will not hurt anything. It used to be thought that amblyopia (lazy eye) could be corrected by patching until age 7. There have been many successes at later ages, but it becomes more difficult. If the lazy eye is deviated, crossing in or out, it will be good to try to strengthen it before surgical options are considered. ...Read more

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Does an eye patch really help a lazy eye?

Does an eye patch really help a lazy eye?

Yes: Though there is some reduced benefit once the eye has fully developed. ...Read more

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Does wearing an eye patch correct a lazy eye?

Does wearing an eye patch correct a lazy eye?

Won't work: Eye patching works primarly in children who are 8 years old or less. Older children and teenagers who have never been treated may respond to patching. Adults do not respond. ...Read more

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How to wear an eye patch to treat a kids lazy eye?

How to wear an eye patch to treat a kids lazy eye?

Difficult: You can tape it on, but kids don't like that and will remove it. You can fabricate a fun patch with a design with a little sewing talent and an elastic cord. There are commercial patches like 'opticlude' which can provide good occlusion. In all cases the child will be unhappy with the loss of vision from the better eye so it requires effort on the part of the parents and child. ...Read more

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Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Depends: Some forms for lazy eye, such as that associated with a difference in glasses prescription between eyes, respond well to glasses alone. Other causes of lazy eye need glasses and drops or patching. Your child's ophthalmologist can discuss this issue with you. ...Read more

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How long should a baby to wear an eye patch to correct a lazy eye?

How long should a baby to wear an eye patch to correct a lazy eye?

Depends: This is a question for your pediatric opthamologist. The answer varies depending upon the severity and response to therapy. ...Read more

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My son is 22 months old & has a slightly unfocused lazy eye.What can I do? I tried patching for 3 weeks but it didn't make a difference .

Pediatric eye doc: I hope your son is under the care of pediatric ophthalmologist. There are set criteria and procedures for patching to help resolve strabismus in babies. Unsupervised patching can actually produce poor vision in the "good" eye. Three weeks is not a sufficient time to see a substantial change. You should talk to your doctor about the time frame where you will see a change and his expectations. ...Read more

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Do you know which is better for lazy eye: patching or glasses?

Do you know which is better for lazy eye: patching or glasses?

Depends: Not strabismic eyes (straight) may be able to correct a lazy eye with glasses alone. If that does not work, more aggressive treatment with patching nd glasses is needed. Strabismic lazy eyes need patching, with/without glasses as is appropriate. ...Read more

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Can the eye patch cure my lazy eye even though my age is 14 or is it too late and the patch is useless?

Can the eye patch cure my lazy eye even though my age is 14 or is it too late and the patch is useless?

Depends on situation: The brain uses both eyes equally giving depth perception & peripheral vision. If one eye is weaker or doesn't line up the image, the brain begins to ignore the input of the weaker eye.Patching the stronger eye makes the brain accept the weaker eye input allowing the connection to return to normal. You will only know if it works by trying it. It can help, even if pbm has gone on for a long time. ...Read more

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Can wearing an eye patch, closing one eye, improve vision and minor eye lag/lazy eye in other eye? How much training would it take to improve

Can wearing an eye patch, closing one eye, improve vision and minor eye lag/lazy eye in other eye? How much training would it take to improve

Possibly: If you had patching when you were an infant and a young child, then your eyes (each alone) may have reached their best potential vision by age eight. The vision can then drop in one of the eyes and be brought up to its best 8 year old level when you are older. If the vision was poor by age eight, then you are out of luck. ...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