The most common treatment method for amblyopia involves training the brain to start using the affected eye. For this, the doctor will guide your child wear an eye patch over the stronger eye for three to six hours a day. Initially the child may not be able to see well, but gradually vision will improve in a few weeks, or even months. Sometimes eye drops that temporarily blur vision in the stronger eye may be prescribed as an alternative to patches. It is important to follow through on this treatment option diligently for it to yield positive results.
If near or far sightedness is contributing to poor vision in the affected eye, some children will also be prescribed glasses to help with their vision, which is quite effective at resolving the problem in some cases.
In case another eye disorder, such as cataract, is affecting vision, the doctor will treat that first.
If the above methods do not work and your child’s eyes wander apart severely, surgery may be recommended on the muscles of the eye. Your doctor will discuss the merits and complications of surgery in detail with you before the procedure. Make sure you clarify all concerns and ask relevant questions regarding all treatment option before consenting to any procedure.