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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more