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Can you tell me what is refractive amblyopia?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Out of focus eye

Eyes generally like to develop together and focus together. If one eye is grossly out of focus compared with the other due to extreme farsightnedness or astigmatism, amblyopia may be the result.
This can usually be treated with glasses or contacts. Myopic patients are generally less affected since they can see clearly up close with the weaker eye.

In brief: Out of focus eye

Eyes generally like to develop together and focus together. If one eye is grossly out of focus compared with the other due to extreme farsightnedness or astigmatism, amblyopia may be the result.
This can usually be treated with glasses or contacts. Myopic patients are generally less affected since they can see clearly up close with the weaker eye.
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology

In brief: Refractive amblyopia

Develops when a child has asymmetry in the refractive status of the right and left eye and one (usually the weaker eye) becomes "lazy" or amblyopic since clear "visual signals" are not getting from the eye to the brain.
If not treated at a young age the eye may never develop the ability to see clearly.Treatment: correcting the refractive error and patching the better eye to force use of the weaker.

In brief: Refractive amblyopia

Develops when a child has asymmetry in the refractive status of the right and left eye and one (usually the weaker eye) becomes "lazy" or amblyopic since clear "visual signals" are not getting from the eye to the brain.
If not treated at a young age the eye may never develop the ability to see clearly.Treatment: correcting the refractive error and patching the better eye to force use of the weaker.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
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