Lazy Eye Treatment - How to Fix a Lazy Eye
Neuroscience has proven that the human brain can change at any age (neuroplasticity), so lazy eye is treatable at any age, too. Treatment involves glasses, atropine drops, eye patching, and/or vision therapy, which includes eye exercises, visual-motor processing activities and neurological therapies. Medical research has proven that lazy eye is successfully treated up to the age of 17 with therapies. See National Institutes of Health -- National Eye Institute; Older Children Can Benefit From Treatment; Lazy Eye.
To quote Dr. Leonard J. Press, FAAO, FCOVD:
"Treatment of amblyopia after the age of 17 is not dependent upon age, but requires more effort including vision therapy.
It's been proven that a motivated adult with strabismus and/or amblyopia who works diligently at vision therapy can obtain meaningful improvement in visual function. As my adult patients are fond of saying: "I'm not looking for perfection; I'm looking for you to help me make it better". It's important that eye doctors don't make sweeping value judgments for patients. Rather than saying "nothing can be done", the proper advice would be: "You won't have as much improvement as you would have had at a younger age; but I'll refer you to a vision specialist who can help you if you're motivated."
Every amblyopic patient deserves an attempt at treatment.
Although improvements are possible at any age with proper treatment, early detection and treatment still offer the best outcome. Nevertheless, a desire for treatment at an early age should not motivate a rush to lazy eye surgery. When considering treatment options, it is important to understand that lazy eye results from problems in the brain (neurological deficit) and surgery commonly done for lazy eye is performed on the muscles on the outside of the eye(s) only. In many cases, lazy eye surgery will provide cosmetic benefits only and does not improve the patient's vision. Treatment options that are directed specifically toward vision improvement should be exhausted before eye muscle surgery is considered.
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