Is it possible to treat amblyopia in adults?


Amblyopia in adults can be treated, often through a combination of prescription lenses, vision therapy and sometimes patching.

Amblyopia can be treated because the brain has “plasticity.” The circuitry of the brain can actually change at any age. We use vision therapy to retrain the visual system. This includes not only the eyes, but also the brain and the visual pathways.The treatment for amblyopia includes:

Eyeglasses or contact lenses (proper lenses can help reduce stress so that the under-used eye can start to work more efficiently);
Forcing the weaker eye to work by blocking or fogging the favored eye with special lenses, an eye patch or eye drops;
A program of vision therapy to help equalize vision in both eyes, improve eye coordination, and restore clear single vision


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