Corrective lenses successfully treat bilateral amblyopia

October 16, 2007

Tampa, FL-According to an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, bilateral amblyopia can be treated with corrective lenses.

Tampa, FL-According to an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, bilateral amblyopia can be treated with corrective lenses.

A study conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group found that after 1 year of treating children aged between 3 and 9 years old with the disease, using glasses, visual acuity measured with both eyes open had improved an average of about 4 lines on the traditional Snellen eye chart.

Average visual acuity improved from 20/63 to 20/25 and most children reached 20/25 or better.

"This study shows that glasses are a powerful treatment for bilateral amblyopia in children. When we detect and treat this problem early in life, most children are able to achieve normal vision," said Paul A Sieving, MD, PhD.