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How long will amblyopia treatment take?

Treatment time will vary for different children. As a general rule, the younger the child is and the less amount of time the eye has been lazy, the shorter the length of treatment will be. In young children, vision may improve rapidly.

To ensure that a child is given the best possible chance to develop normal vision, the patching or atropine may be continued for a few weeks or months after vision stabilizes.

It is important that your child continue wearing the patch or using the atropine as instructed by your ophthalmologist. Fine, detailed work that holds the child’s interest will also encourage the use of the lazy eye and help speed visual recovery.

Once vision has improved in the lazy eye, there is a small chance that it can become worse again. Close observation of the eye is necessary throughout childhood.

It is important to note that patching or atropine improves vision in an amblyopic lazy eye, but does not help misaligned eyes. Once vision has improved, your ophthalmologist can recommend treatment for realigning the eyes.

If vision does not improve after a reasonable period, your ophthalmologist may recommend discontinuing treatment.

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