Evidenced-based medicine: Treatment for amblyopia

Noelle S. Matta, Eric L. Singman, David I. Silbert

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Amblyopia is defi ned as reduced and uncorrectable vision in a structurally normal eye. Early detection of amblyopia is very important. This can be accomplished through screening programs designed to identify amblyopia risk factors. Testing can be performed by trained teachers, technicians, school nurses and pediatricians as well as by eye care professionals. Once a child is identifi ed as having an amblyopia risk factor it is crucial that the parents follow up with a pediatric ophthalmologist for a comprehensive examination. Amblyopia is the leading cause of monocular vision loss in the United States for adults under the age of 40. Amblyopia is amenable to therapy and is cost effective to treat. It is believed that earlier therapy for amblyopia provides better outcomes, but treatment has been shown effective even in some older children. In this paper, studies are cited regarding treatment of amblyopia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Orthoptic Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Amblyopia treatment
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Occlusion therapy
  • Vision therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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