Once the ophthalmologist analyzes your child’s symptoms and medical history, they will perform a complete eye exam to find out if there are differences between one eye and the other, and if there are no other problems that could be affecting vision.
In infants or young children, the doctor will cover one eye to observe how the other eye follows a moving object, as well as the child’s reaction to having one eye covered.
The treatment to follow consists of correcting the eye problem that is affecting the lazy or weak eye, either with surgery or the use of glasses.
From this, it will place a patch on the normal eye to force the brain to recognize the image with the weak eye. When a child has amblyopia, it is essential to strengthen the vision in the lazy eye even if the cause is corrected to avoid long-term vision problems.
Sometimes your doctor may recommend the use of eye drops to blur the vision in the normal eye instead of wearing a patch or wearing glasses with a lens that blurs vision in that eye. The latest scientific advances use computers to show a slightly different image to each eye.
The weak eye’s vision will be strengthened in a few weeks or months, but the child will likely continue to need a temporary patch for a few years to prevent the healthy eye from deteriorating, so it is essential to continue with the medical recommendations and timely attend assessment and follow-up appointments.
Children who receive treatment before the age of five usually recover almost all of their vision, but if it is not started early, only partial recovery will likely occur.
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