Eye Patching for Amblyopia Lazy Eye 

Amblyopia or Lazy Eye is the most common cause of single eye vision poor vision in children. Amblyopia is most often caused by an eye turning problem-strabismus (crossed eyes or turned out eyes), an uncorrected refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism in one eye more than the other or by some other type of visual deprivation such as a pediatric cataract. The standard treatment is correcting the refractive error with eyeglasses and patching of the better seeing eye. Researchers looked at a large group of children over 15 years to see how well the amblyopic children maintained their vision. Generally, this occlusion therapy is a very successful treatment. However, its success is hampered by noncompliance. The level of non compliance was directly related to: a) a low initial visual acuity b) poor parental fluency in the national language and c) a low parental level of education. They found that with strong parental education about the children, their vision and success with patching, the compliance could be improved significantly and thus the vision as well. 

If you or someone you know has a child with an eye turning problem or appears to have other eye health or vision problems, please do not wait. Schedule an eye exam at Bloomfield Eye Associates at 973-338-1001, visit Bloomfield Eye Associates or Facebook  

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