How is amblyopia diagnosed?
Children with strabismic and deprivation amblyopia will have their vision tested as soon as their underlying condition is identified.However, children with anisometropic refractive amblyopia may go undiagnosed until the first vision-screening test in school or at the doctor’s office. This condition can be difficult to detect as children can typically function quite well using only one of their eyes.
If your child is not yet able to talk, there are a variety of tests that can help evaluate vision such as assessing your child’s ability to fixate on a moving object or response when one of the eyes is covered. If your child is older, a standard eye chart with either letters or pictures will be used to test the vision in each eye.
If your child is found to have decreased vision, he or she will be referred to one of our ophthalmologists (a doctor who specializes in eyes). After your child undergoes a complete eye exam and all necessary testing, our experts will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options for your child.
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