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What is Amblyopia ?

Lazy eye (amblyopia) is decreased vision that results from abnormal visual development in infancy and early childhood. Although lazy eye usually affects only one eye, it can affect both eyes. Lazy eye is the leading cause of decreased vision among children. Left untreated, vision loss may range from mild to severe.

What are the symptoms of Amblyopia ?

  • An eye that wanders inward or outward
  • Eyes that may not appear to work together
  • Poor depth perception

Although lazy eye usually affects just one eye, it’s possible for both eyes to be affected. Sometimes lazy eye is not evident without an eye exam.

What are the treatments available for Amblyopia ?

At Karnavati Eye Hospital, we treat amblyopic patients with synoptophore exercise and occlusion exercise. It is especially for pediatric patients.

Synoptophore Exercise

This is the most complicated and the most versatile of all instruments, used both to find out muscular imbalances as well as to give exercise.

It can assess all 3 grades of binocular vision and has the ability to re-educate the patient in various visual exercises.

A small degree of squint can be treated on this instrument without the need for any surgery.

Occlusion Exercise

In this exercise, wearing an eye patch is probably the most recommended form of treatment, as it is safe and effective The very act of wearing an eye patch itself can be considered as part of the exercise.

By covering the good eye with an eye patch, the lazy or amblyopic eye is forced to work harder and thus communicate with the brain. This whole process is seen as an exercise in itself.

Wearing the patch can also help to strengthen the eye muscles as well as help in the restoration of proper two-eyed vision. There may also be other exercises involved while wearing an eye patch.