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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about amblyopia. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.

What is amblyopia?

Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. Amblyopia is also known as “lazy eye.” This happens when your child uses one eye more than the other.

What causes amblyopia?

1. “Crossed eyes” (strabismus)
2. One eye focuses better than the other
3. Vision is blocked for some reason such as a droopy eyelid or cataracts

How is amblyopia treated?

A patch will be put over your child’s good eye to make him or her use the lazy eye. Your child may need to wear the patch for several weeks or months. Glasses may be needed even after the patch is off. If the lazy eye is not treated early or if the treatment plan is not followed, your child may never be able to see with that eye. Your doctor will check your child’s eyes often since the lazy eye may become weak again.

How should I put on or change the eye patch?

Since there are different kinds of eye patches, your doctor or nurse will show you how to put on or change the eye patch. Have your child wear his or her eye patch _______ hours per day for ________ days, according to your doctor’s advice.

PDF: Amblyopia

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Preparado: 1995
Revisado: 2000,2001,2004,2007,2010

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Formulated: 1995
Reviewed: 2000,2001,2004,2007,2010


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