Amblyopia: Wearing an Eye Patch
Amblyopia is a vision problem that occurs in a child when one eye is not used enough for the visual system in the brain to develop properly. This leads to poor vision in the affected eye.
- Treatment corrects amblyopia by training the brain to use the eye that has weaker vision. This allows vision to develop normally in that eye.
- Covering the stronger eye with a patch is the most common method of treating amblyopia.
- To be effective, an eye patch must be worn as directed by your doctor.
- By providing support and reassurance, you can help your child comply with the patching treatment so that he or she can develop the best vision possible.
Amblyopia is usually treated by an Reference ophthalmologist Opens New Window.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 24, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology