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Child has squint, has refractive error, amblyopia and given glasses. Will it get cured?

Hi, My son is 4 yrs old. He has mild squint in his left eye (intermittent). I took him to Aravind Eye hospital in madurai. They tested and told he has refractive error , amblyopia (left eye)and given glasses. They have asked to come back after a month. Will refractive error get cured for my son if he wears glasses constantly?
Asked On : Sun, 17 Jun 2012
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Dear Sir/ Madame

Thank you for writing. Let me start with explaining you the meaning of amblyopia, it is when an eye stops seeing the details. Very common in children. It develops in childhood when the eye is not sending the correct image or sending a blurred image to the brain, this cause defective nerve connections between the brain and the eye. There could be many causes to this, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or cataracts. Family history also plays a role.

Treatment includes the correction of the cause, in this case what it seems to me was a refractive error which has been corrected by the doctors, next they can use a patch to cover his good eye which would force the brain the recognize objects from the affected eye, this will help correct and develop the abnormal nerves going to the brain. You can expect you child to completely recover as children below five who are treated usually recover completely. Very few may have problems with depth perception, which is not a major problem.

It is good that you took your child to the hospital. if you have any other children, i would suggest that you get them checked at ages of 3-4 years.
If you have any more questions. feel free to contact me.

Take care of yourself and your child

Answered: Sun, 17 Jun 2012
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