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Amblyopia Treatment

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Once detected in time, either by pediatric referral for risk factors, by parental observation of "Warning Signs", or by deliberate vision screening, amblyopia can be diagnosed and qauntified by a thorough, confirmatory eye examination.

Amblyopia can be treated by combinations of optical correction (with spectacles, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and even rarely with refractive surgery), alignment of the eyes with spectacles, prisms, or strabismus surgery and then forcing the amblyopic eye to see more by patching, blurring, or placing dilating drops in the preferred (sound) eye. Bangerter filters or Shaw Lenses may be of help. Amblyopia therapy may even be enhanced with some medications. Dichoptic therapy presents similar images to each eye with blurred or contrast-rebalanced to the sound eye to improve visual acuity and stereopsis in the amblyopic eye.

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  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Eye Institute (NEI) supports collaborative, multicenter Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS) through the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) headquartered in the JAEB Center in Tampa Florida.  


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