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'Amblyopia’ is poor vision (usually) in  one eye, usually  due to asymmetric visual development.

 

The main reason to treat amblyopia is to improve the vision in the weaker eye [the ‘spare tyre’].  If improvement is maintained for 12 months, this improvement is often  permanent. The usual aim is a big improvement in vision, so that if the ‘good’ eye ever has a disease or injury then the  amblyopic eye is good enough to allow normal function in a classroom and to pass a driver’s licence test (so-called 6/12 or 20/40). This is not as good as 6/6 or 20/20, though we sometimes do achieve that.

 

As well as poor vision, there are other issues in the way children [and adults] with amblyopia perform many tasks  [ Functional impact of Amblyopia, and Self Perception in Amblyopia], and a hint that the best treatments we have are also problematic [ Self Perception in Amblyopia 2].

 

 The treatment of amblyopia is usually one/more of   :

1 .Glasses. 25% of the time this is all that’s needed.

2. Patch to the ‘good’ eye [or a blurring eye drop to the ‘good’ eye].  This increases the success rate to over 50%.

3. If the eye is not straight, an operation to straighten the eye may be appropriate

(Amblyopia article for further reading)

There are some modern ‘high tech’ electronic game- based treatments that sound and look terrific. Dr Kowal has been involved in research on this approach [ BRAVO Study]. ; regretfully it is no better than patch or drops

 

The main aim of amblyopia treatment is to improve the vision. We often also find improvement in :

  1. 3D vision. This allows better depth perception and small-ball catching skills
  2.  Fine motor skills [link to abstract A below]
  3. If eye alignment is an issue, this can be more stable and robust after amblyopia treatment.

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This letter is protected by the laws of Copyright and must not be reprinted, copied or otherwise disclosed in whole or in part to any person without the written consent of Dr. Lionel Kowal.