Lazy eye, amblyopia, is usually treated in children with an eye patch over one eye (to help strengthen the other) or a specially fitted contact lens to block out light in one eye, forcing the other eye to work harder.
But what about for adults? Are we stuck looking like pirates? There may be a much more fun alternative. A recent study on adults used Tetris as a way of improving vision in amblyopes with surprising results. Arrrrrr!
3% of children in the U.S. have reduced vision due to amblyopia. Amblyopia is a developmental disorder where one eye sees worse than the other even with glasses.
In order to develop good vision both eyes must see clearly and point straight ahead. If a child has a high prescription or an eye that points either in or out there is a risk that the eye will not develop properly.
Risk factors for amblyopia can be easily detected during a comprehensive eye exam. It is important for children to have early exams because the fine tuned connections between your brain and eye develop the most before the age of 6. Amblyopia can cause permanently reduced vision but can be treated with early intervention.