Authors
Angela M. Chen, OD, MS*, Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS

The Amblyopia Treatment Studies: Implications for Clinical Practice

publication date
August 2016
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Abstract/Introduction

Amblyopia is the most common cause of monocular vision loss in children [1],

with an estimated prevalence of approximately 2% in the United States [2–4].

A developmental disorder of spatial vision, amblyopia is clinically defined as

decreased best-corrected visual acuity (VA) in 1 or, less frequently, both

eyes, in the absence of any obvious structural anomalies or ocular disease.


Conclusion/Results

The mainstay of amblyopia treatment is optimal refractive correction; significant

gains in visual acuity, beyond the immediate gains from simply eliminating optical blur, often occur with continued wear of the optical correction.

When patching is prescribed, it is reasonable to initially prescribe 2 hours of

daily patching for moderate amblyopia and 6 hours of daily patching for severe

amblyopia.

Atropine penalization of the sound eye or full-time wear of a Bangerter filter can

be prescribed for first-line amblyopia treatment or for patients who do not comply

with patching.

The upper age limit for amblyopia treatment is not established, albeit there are

generally greater gains in visual acuity if treatment occurs before 7 years of age.


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My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

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