Why should amblyopia be treated?

If amblyopia is not treated, several problems may occur:
  • The amblyopic eye may develop a serious and permanent visual defect;
  • Depth perception (seeing in three dimensions) may be lost;
  • If the good eye becomes diseased or injured, a lifetime of poor vision may be the result.
Your ophthalmologist can give you instructions on how to treat amblyopia and can help you and your child carry out this treatment.
Children do not like to have their good eye patched or blurred. As a parent, however, you should help your child to do what is best for him or her.
Your interest, involvement and persistence will be necessary for successful treatment.

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