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What is amblyopia?

The brain and the eye work together to produce vision. Light enters the eye and is changed into nerve signals that travel along the optic nerve to the brain. Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together properly. The eye itself looks normal, but it is not being used normally because the brain is favoring the other eye. This condition is also sometimes called lazy eye.

How common is amblyopia?

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood. The condition affects approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children. Unless it is successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into adulthood, and is the most common cause of monocular (one eye) visual impairment among children and young and middle-aged adults.

What causes amblyopia?

Amblyopia may be caused by any condition that affects normal visual development or use of the eyes. Amblyopia can be caused by strabismus, an imbalance in the positioning of the two eyes. Strabismus can cause the eyes to cross in (esotropia) or turn out (exotropia). Sometimes amblyopia is caused when one eye is more nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic than the other eye. Occasionally, amblyopia is caused by other eye conditions such as cataract.

How is amblyopia treated in children?

Treating amblyopia involves making the child use the eye with the reduced vision (weaker eye). Currently, there are two ways used to do this:


A drop of a drug called atropine is placed in the stronger eye once a day to temporarily blur the vision so that the child will prefer to use the eye with amblyopia. Treatment with atropine also stimulates vision in the weaker eye and helps the part of the brain that manages vision develop more completely.


An opaque, adhesive patch is worn over the stronger eye for weeks to months. This therapy forces the child to use the eye with amblyopia. Patching stimulates vision in the weaker eye and helps the part of the brain that manages vision develop more completely.

Treatment of Amblyopia?

Previously, eye care professionals often thought that treating amblyopia in older children would be of little benefit. However, surprising results from a nationwide clinical trial show that many children age seven through 17 with amblyopia may benefit from treatments that are more commonly used on younger children. This study shows that age alone should not be used as a factor to decide whether or not to treat a child for amblyopia.

1. National Eye Institute
2. American Optometric Association

Author: Dr. Dien Le

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Vision Source Eye Doctors and members of ColoradoVisionSource.com offer free information and articles in our website. From "Dry Eyes" and "Eye Allergies", "Fashion eye glasses" and "Sports Eyewear" plus much more, read and learn about a wide variety of eye health, eye care and other vision related topics.
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A Facebook Photo May Have Saved a Girl's Sight

Tennessee mother of two Tara Taylor may have very well saved the vision of her 3-year-old daughter simply by posting her photo on Facebook. That’s where two observant friends saw the picture and noticed a strange glow in little Rylee’s left eye, prompting the eye exam that revealed she had Coats disease, a rare retinal disorder.
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Scientists Develop Night Vision Contact Lens

Troops might be able to replace those heavy night vision goggles strapped to their helmets and replace them with contact lenses. The University of Michigan has developed a prototype contact lens that enhances night vision by placing a thin strip of graphene between layers of glass. The graphene - a form of carbon - reacts to photons, which makes dark images look brighter.
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Gene therapy 'could be used to treat blindness'

Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind. The operation involved inserting a gene into the eye, a treatment that revived light-detecting cells. The doctors involved believe that the treatment could in time be used to treat common forms of blindness.
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Blind man 'excited' at retina implant

A British man who has been totally blind for many years has had part of his vision restored after surgery to fit a pioneering eye implant. The device, which was fitted behind the retina, has enabled Chris James to perceive light and even some shapes.
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Denver Eye Doctors / Optometrists

Denver Metro and Denver area Vision Source Eye Doctors are your best choice for expert eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses and expert vision care services. VisionSource eye doctors and optometrists have locations all around the Denver metro area including: Denver, Lakewood, Englewood, Highlands Ranch , Littleton, Thornton and Aurora Colorado.
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Eye Exams and Vision Care from Colorado Springs Eye Doctors

Colorado Springs area Vision Source Eye Doctors offer comprehensive eye exams, eye glasses, contacts and expert vision care. Colorado Springs VisionSource optometrists include: Archdale Eyecare, Associates in Vision Care, Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, Mountain View Vision, Rockrimmon Vision Source, Thomas P. Sutton
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Defend their Eyes

One-third of all sports-related eye injuries each year are suffered by children. In fact, sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 16. Defend yourself and your children against eye injury:

  • Wear protective eyewear when you participate in sports and insist your children do the same
  • Ask your child’s school or athletic club to adopt a policy requiring protective eyewear.

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    Help You Child Learn

    Learning is all about Vision: 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually.

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    Celebrate Safety

    A sparkler burns at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Imagine what it can do to a child’s eyes. While we celebrate the 4th of July we should keep in mind the dangers that fireworks pose to children.

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    Helping People in Tanzania

    Vision Source eye doctors are dedicated to helping people worldwide. This video shows how Vision Source is transforming lives by providing eye care services in Bariadi, Tanzania.

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    UV Alert

    Colorado Vision Source optometrists are uniquely concerned about UV rays and your eyes in our high altitude setting. There is growing evidence that suggests that long term exposure to UV rays can cause vision impairment and harm. Protect your eyes with quality sunglasses that can shield your eyes from Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) rays.

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    Dry Eye Syndrome

    Dry, scratchy or burning eyes. The sensation that there’s something in your eyes. Watery eyes. It could be allergies. It could be something “in the air.” Or it could be Dry Eye Syndrome.

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    Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    AMD. (Age-related Macular Degneration) is a chronic eye disease that causes loss of straight-ahead vision and affects more than 10 million Americans and is now the leading cause of blindness. It's important to have regular eye exams which can detect AMD.

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    Glaucoma - The Silent Theif of Sight

    Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to damage of the optic nerve resulting in vision loss and blindess. There are no symptoms or pain related with onset Glaucoma. Of the 3 million Americans that have glaucoma only half know they have it. It's important to have regular eye exams which can detect glaucoma.

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    The Unseen Danger of Diabetes

    Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults. It occurs when small blood vessels in the retina weaken and leak, or when abnormal blood vessels grow in the retina. The result is impaired vision and, potentially, blindness.

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    Keep Your Eyes Safe!

    Almost half of all eye injuries occur in and around your home...

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    Sharp Vision keeps a Mind Sharp

    A recent study reveals that those without proper eye care were 9 times more at risk for Alzheimers and 5 times more at risk for some type of cognitive impairment. Bottom line...schedule a comprehensive eye exam today and take care of your eyes!

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    Incredible Eye Facts

    Often taken for granted, your eyes are a wonderful and vital part of your life. Eyes are your most precious sense. Below are some incredible Eye Facts.

    Incredible Eye Facts

    • Eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain.
    • Are composed of more than two million working parts.
    • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US. Yet, glaucoma can be controlled with little or no further vision loss, if detected at an early stage and treated promptly.
    • Glaucoma occurs more frequently in certain groups of people such as those who are over 40, diabetics, and people who are very nearsighted.
    • The number one cause of blindness in adults in the United States is diabetes.
    • Under the right conditions, can discern the light of a candle at a distance of 14 miles.
    • The Human eye can detect 10 million color hues, but cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light.
    • 85% of what we know comes through our eyes. 80% of our memory is in the form of images.
    • On average we blink our eyes between 10,000 - 20,000 times a day.
    • The "blink of an eye" lasts only a tenth of a second, but that's all the time needed to clear away dust particles and spread lubricating fluids across the eyeball. Our brains have been trained to ignore blinks.
    • Our eye muscles that move the eye are the strongest in the body
    • Human eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and ears never stop growing.
    • The older we are the less tears we produce.
    • Foods shown to help vision are those that are rich in vitamin A which are needed for night vision such as carrots and other orange foods that contain carotene which the body converts to vitamin A.
    • A professional eye exam can detect early signs of health and sight-threatening diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Together with other tests, eye professionals can also detect neurological disease and glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease if left untreated. Early detection and prevention are crucial to the successful treatment of these diseases.
    • Pediatric and Infant Exams are very important. Physician will perform a quick screening for your child for gross abnormalities at the hospital when your child is born. Vision for an infant is almost adult like before they are one year old. We recommend that your child have their first eye exam at age six to eight months. A comprehensive eye exam can pick up subtle problems that, if left untreated, can cause severe, often irreversible vision loss.

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    Dry Eyes - (Dry Eye Syndrome)

    When the eyes don't produce enough tears or the right quality of tears, the result is a condition called keratitis sicca, popularly known as dry eye syndrome. Colorado's sunny, windy and dry climate can help lead to dry eye symptoms. See your local Colorado Visionsource Eye Doctor if you've had prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes, including red, irritated, tired or painful eyes. When left untreated, severely dry eyes may lead to chronic infection of your eye and eyelids, corneal ulceration, scarring and permanent vision loss.  Your eye doctor can help determine the best options for helping you manage and treat your dry eye symptoms.
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    Women Are Three Times More Likely To Suffer Dry Eye Syndrome Than Men

    Everyone experiences these symptoms from time to time: Burning, irritable eyes and/or sensation that something is actually scratching the eye. But for some 3 million American women the symptoms are chronic, according to your Colorado Vision Source Optometrists. These women suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.

    Tears are essential for good eye health. They lubricate the eye, protect it from infections and wash away allergens. With Dry Eye Syndrome, the eyes produce too few tears or tears of such poor quality that they don’t stay on the eye. Ironically, some people with Dry Eye Syndrome may actually experience tears running down their cheeks.

    Everyone experiences reduced tear production as they age, but women are more prone to Dry Eye Syndrome than men by a 3 to 1 margin. Studies have shown that hormone therapy may increase the incidence of Dry Eye Syndrome, as can birth control pills, blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and certain anti-depressants.

    “April is Women’s Eye Health Awareness Month and we want women to know there are several options for managing Dry Eye Syndrome” as stated by your Colorado Vision Source Optometrists.

    Those options include lubricating drops that can minimize the dry, scratchy sensation, prescription eye drops that can actually improve tear production and inserts place under the eyelid that slowly release lubrication throughout the day.

    “Through a procedure called lacrimal occlusion, we can also temporarily or permanently close the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining away too quickly.” See the Colorado Vision Source Optometrist in your area.


    Medical Breakthrough: Restoring Sight to the Blind

    Stem cells from one's own eye can bring new sight to those blinded by burns.
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    New Synthetic Cornea Replacement offers hope...

    Donor corneas are extremely rare, but for 40,000 people in Europe corneal transplantation from donors offer the only hope of addressing blindness in one or both eyes. Dr. Joachim Storsberg of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm is the creator of the first artificial cornea, which has been successfully trialed and has been in use in Europe since 2009.
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    Scientists Discover Cure for Color Blindness

    Genetic scientists have discovered a cure for color blindness, offering hope to millions of sufferers. Scientists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and the University of Florida restored normal vision to two color-blind monkeys. The technique could prove to be a safe and effective cure for color blindness and other visual disorders related to the cones in the retina.
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    Retinal Implant Trial Helps Blind People See Shapes

    Scientists have developed an eye implant that allowed three blind patients to see shapes and objects within days of treatment in a trial and say the device could become routine for some kinds of blindness in five years. Experts described the study results as phenomenal and said the device, developed by German researchers, could eventually change the lives of up to 200,000 people worldwide who suffer from blindness due to a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
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    How Eyes of Owls and Humans are similar

    Owls and people both have binocular vision. Binocular vision is when the two eyes are in front of the head and see the same thing with both eyes. Binocular vision also helps by seeing how fast an object is going, how far away it is and the size.

    Humans have a field of vision of 180 degrees and 120 degrees with each eye. Owls only have a 125 degree field of vision, 50 degrees with each eye.

    Owls can't move their eyes around in their sockets so they must move their head. Owls have fourteen neck bones. Their neck bones let an owl turn its head 270 degrees in both directions. This is not quite a full turn. Unlike us, an owl can turn its head around to see what is sneaking up behind it.

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