Dr. Nate at Bright Eyes News just posted a wonderful round up of some relatively recent studies looking at the effectiveness of different treatments of amblyopia. He includes short summaries of each study, written in plain English, along with links to the article in PubMed. There’s some great news in there: improvement can be seen in amblyopic children over 6 years of age being treated, and the benefits of treatment are permanent in most children, even after they’ve stopped treatment.
This is absolutely a must read if you’re dealing with amblyopia and want to be up on the latest findings!
Thanks, Ann. Glad you found it useful. Of course, this barely scratches the surface, but it is does give an idea about how clinical decisions are made….
You might want to add this April 27, 2004 publication in PNAS: “Improving vision in adult amblyopia by perceptual learning.”
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I am so glad I found your blog! Our little man was diagnosed with Glaucoma at 9 months old causing his left eye to shut off and drift outward. We have been patching, ugh, for months and he was just prescribed his first pair of glasses about a month ago. That has been a fight trying to get a 17 month old to wear glasses. I am so excited to have some place to find advice on how you have succeeded with glasses on your little one’s!
Welcome Heather! I’m glad you found us, but sad to hear how much your little guy has been through already. Good luck with the new glasses. It’s definitely not easy in the beginning, but it does get better. Keep us updated on how things are going and send us a picture for our gallery if you’d like!
I wasn’t quite sure where to post this. I took my 22 month old to the doctor today and found out that she has amblyopia and is farsighted. The PO prescribed glasses and we are hoping that we caught it early enough that no other treatment will be required. I am so shocked because neither me nor my husband have any type of eye problems. I didn’t know anything was wrong with her until our pediatrician noticed her left eye was turning in when she tried to focus. Although I know it’s not true, I feel like I have done something wrong. She wouldn’t even wear her sunglasses today after she got her eyes dilated so I don’t see how I am going to get her to wear the glasses. I do have hope after reading the posts here though! Do you think her vision will be so greatly improved that she will want to wear them?