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Research Shows Adults Can Be Treated for Amblyopia


Adult Amblyopia Treatment

Treatment options for adults with amblyopia isn't magic. It is real and based on science. For decades there has been a belief among eye doctors that if a patient had amblyopia (AKA "lazy eye"), it was untreatable after childhood.  Whether the cut-off age was 6 years old, 8 years old, or 10 years old, it was assumed that after that age, it was pointless to try to improve the vision in the "lazy" eye. It was thought that even if the vision did improve, it would just worsen again after treatment stopped.

Amblyopia is a condition in which vision is reduced in one or both eyes even with glasses on. By definition, it is not caused by disease or injury, but instead develops when the brain does not get enough visual stimulation to use both eyes together.  This could be due to blurry vision for a number of reasons or misaligned eyes. Catching amblyopia early is helpful and that is one of the reason that InfantSEE exists.

For many years, the only treatment for amblyopia was occlusion therapy, where a patch is worn over the eye with better vision to force the eye with poorer vision to work. Even if you don't have a family member who needed to wear an eye patch, you probably are familiar with the concept in popular culture. Patching can be effective if done correctly. But it is hard work and takes motivation. (See the post on #IPatch the social media support of amblyopia patients who are patching right now.)

Ann Adult AmblyopiaAs I have been posting over the years, there has been significant scientific evidence that shows that despite what was once thought, it isn't just young children that can be treated but also older children and adults. At the bottom of this post is a quick summary of some of the research on improvement of vision in adults with amblyopia:

And it is not just in the vision science laboratory that we notice improvement in adults with amblyopia. One recent patient of ours is a 35 year old woman with refractive amblyopia due to her farsightedness in her left eye. The best she was able to see was about 20/70 in that eye. Following a few months of treatment, she was able to see about 20/30, a significant improvement.  She was so happy with her rapid progress, she said. "At my age, I thought all hopes of better vision were gone but after my vision therapy treatment I have seen a significant improvement in my vision!"

One adult patient with amblyopia said, "At my age, I thought all hopes of better vision were gone but after my vision therapy treatment I have seen a significant improvement in my vision!"

Why, despite the research and success in the therapy room, does the belief that "nothing can be done" after a certain age persist? Susan Barry, PhD (AKA Stereo Sue) does a great job of answering that here, but the simple answer is that change takes time and doctors are very slow to change such a prominent belief as this.

Treatment for adult amblyopia is complicated and does take effort on the part of the doctor and patient. Treatment may involve traditional occlusion (patching) with visually stimulating activities, but could also include the use of special glasses or contact lenses and more modern techniques that involve the use of both eyes together (known as MFBF) and also the Virtual Reality based Vivid Vision system.

That being said, treatment for amblyopia is difficult and there may be significant reasons to NOT attempt treatment. It may take longer than in young children and the overall goals might be different. A thorough evaluation by a doctor with experience with adult amblyopia patients is critical. You can search for a doctor in your area with both COVD and OEPF websites.

If you have questions about adult amblyopia treatment, you can call us at (813) 792-0637, or enter a message at the bottom of the page.

-Dr. Nate

Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase and Bright Eyes Kids in New Tampa

Vision scientists don't always write in terms that patients can understand. But I thought it was interesting to see what researchers say in their own words when they publish scientific papers on treatment of adult amblyopia. Enjoy. :)

  • "Two adult patients are presented whose childhood amblyopia improved markedly." (Willson, 1992)
  • "perceptual learning can improve basic representations within an adult visual system that did not develop during the critical period" (Polat, 2003)
  • "adult amblyopic visual system retains a substantial degree of plasticity: repetitive practice can substantially improve position discrimination acuity." (Li, 2004)
  • "adults with amblyopia can improve their perceptual performance..." (Levi, 2005) " clearly show the success of the structured method, targeted at the specific deficiencies in amblyopia, to improve vision in children and adults." (Polat, 2008)
  • "These results show that the mature amblyopic brain is surprisingly malleable, and point to more intensive treatment methods for amblyopia." (Li, 2008)
  • "that this approach puts in place the necessary neural precursors required to fully recover stereo acuity in adult amblyopic subjects." (Astle, 2011) "This provides a basis for the treatment of amblyopia in adults who currently have no treatment options." (Jinrong, 2013)
  • "The home-based dichoptic iPod approach represents a viable treatment for adults with amblyopia. (Hess, 2014)
  • "perceptual learning of various visual discrimination tasks in adults with amblyopia can transfer completely..." (Zhang, 2014)
  • "new treatments are emerging that directly target suppressive interactions within the visual cortex and, on the basis of initial data, appear to improve both binocular and monocular visual function, even in adults with amblyopia" (Hess, 2014)

109 responses to “Research Shows Adults Can Be Treated for Amblyopia”

  1. Abdullah Awni says:

    Dear Madam / Sir
    Can you help me to find a doctor that specialist in amblyopia treatment, I am a 27 years old.
    Best regards

  2. brighteyes says:

    Where do you live? You can always start with COVD’s doctor locator:

  3. Dominique Taylor says:

    I’m 26 years old and I lost Vision in my left eye almost a year ago I was wondering if it was treatable or not #amblyopia

  4. Davy Auweryckx says:


    At first let me introduce myself: I’m a 21year old male currently working in security in Belgium. It’s my dream to become a police officer.
    I only have one big problem with that, my lazy eye…

    In Belgium you are required to score 8/10 on an eye test after correction (glasses or lenses) Before starting my police test, I visited an eye doctor. There I did a test.
    The result of this test: Left eye 10/10 without correction Right eye 2/10 with the strongest possible lens.

    I already knew I wouldn’t score well on the test, since I knew I had a lazy eye. When I was younger, I got patches on my right eye, but I was a bit of a difficult child so I always took it off… Regretting it so much now

    Now i’m doing some research on possible solutions for my (big) issue, but every article so far told me it was not cureable…

    So I’m putting my last hope in your hands, is there any (experimental) cure available in Belgium, are you coöperating with any Belgian hospital? Or are you willing to treat me in your country. I really hope so!
    I can’t descibe how happy I would be with a solution for my issue!

    Kind regards
    Davy Auweryckx

  5. brighteyes says:

    You would really need to have an eye exam to determine if it was or not. You can use the appointment request button at the top of the page.

  6. brighteyes says:

    I am not sure where in Belgium you are located. You need to have an eye exam with a specialist. If you look at this list you can find someone close to you that can help:

  7. Greg Anderson says:

    I have substantial eye impairment in my left eye. I have had this since I was a child but it was not diagnosed as Lazy Eye until around 40 when I looked into lasik surgery. I’ve had glasses since I was 5 and also have been able to cheat because my right eye was 20/20 but with age (48 now) things are beginning to go down hill. I would love to find someone to talk too about helping my lazy eye and then, hiopefully, getting lasic done afterward. Can you recommend anyone in the Dallas area that is up on the newest techniques? Thank you in advance.


  8. brighteyes says:

    Greg, It is impossible to know without a thorough exam. I recommend that you go to to find a doctor in your area. -Dr. Nate

  9. parv says:

    is it possible to take admission in neet with one lazy eye

  10. gebrewahid gebremichael says:

    i live in ethiopia&i have a lazy eye how can i treated my lazy eye?what do you advise me?

  11. Dina says:

    I am 16 years old and my lazy eyes just started to develope at the age of 13 which is when I started to wear glasses…I also realized that my left eye is way to blurry than my right one …If I did patching will It work on me right now ?

  12. mary kyakutema says:

    Hi , i am 23 years old and just discovered a week ago that i hv amblyopia in my right eye.i live in uganda,any recommendations?

  13. brighteyes says:

    Mary, while treatment is possible, it is also complicated at your age. It is necessary for you to have an evaluation with a specialist skilled in the treatment of amblyopia. You might start by looking at for people in your area.

  14. Tawnni says:

    Does eyesight improve when you put on glasses? I was just told that my 7 year old has a lazy right eye and we just started the patching process. I was wondering when her glasses come in will she be able to see better out of her bad eye?

  15. brighteyes says:

    It is impossible to say over the internet. Your doctor will tell you at your follow up visit. Good Luck.

  16. Bruce Payne says:

    Given your age and the information given, with perseverance it should be possible to at least, be able to improve and hopefully reverse the Amblyopia in your left eye.Firstly ensure you are wearing the best corrective lenses possible. Try wearing an occlusion eye patch for a few hours each day (at first this maybe hard) and work within your reduced visual limits, without straining the left eye. Gradually increase the patching time upto about (say) 4 hours. Once the vision starts to improve maintain regular daily patching as prescribed. You really need to train the left eye to work and also have your correction checked and adjusted (reduced) as required. It’s best to do several patching sessions each day. Patch first-up in the morning, then take it off to allow your eyes to work together (binocular vision) and repeat the patching for another session or two. Hope you will be able to achieve normal improved long term vision.You’ll appreciate it!
    I’m 63 with myopia/astigmatism and have greatly improved my vision to 6/9+ -Bruce

  17. will says:

    Hello, i am also in tampa area. Unfortunately, my parents didn’t make me stick with the patch and glasses never worked for me. I believe my right eye is now 20/300. I also have a torn/detached retna? .. i forgot what it is, in this same eye.I was told it would detach if i didn’t immediately get it fixed. Not to lift heavy things etc.Well 2 years later, still no further eyesight loss. I couldn’t then, nor now unless an emergency be forced to lay flat for days and weeks.So i avoided surgery. At age 42 now, is it too late to try and work on the lazy eye? Eyesight is pretty bad in my right eye, and ive now noticed lately once it gets darker.. my left eye lights tend to blur.

  18. brighteyes says:

    Will, it sounds like your situation with the right is complicated. Before any determination of what can be done for your amblyopia, the retinal issue must be addressed. If you were recommended surgery, then you should have the surgery. If you have not seen your retinal doctor recently then you schedule a visit with your retinal doctor. Good luck.

  19. Shakib Hridoy says:

    sir….i am 21 years old… right eye is having amblyopia problem.. my eye power is 6/18… there any way to make it 6/6 sir….

  20. brighteyes says:

    Perhaps. It depends on the reason for the reduced vision. You would have to see an eye doctor who specializes in vision treatment to find out the cause of the amblyopia and possible treatments.

  21. Elmi says:

    I live in Iran. How can I get help from your doctors?

  22. brighteyes says:

    Hello. You would need come to Florida for an evaluation. I would suggest finding someone closer at Good luck. -Dr. Nate

  23. Pranu says:

    If I start a dedicated patching work at age of 18 can I improve it? It’s -7 now. If I can, How many hours daily I need to work for it? How much can it be improved

  24. shoaib hanifi says:


    i have got lazy eye. can shawlens help me with and i want to become a pilot


  25. brighteyes says:

    You need to have a doctor determine what therapy is best.

  26. brighteyes says:

    Shaw Lens certainly can help many people, but you would need a full eye exam to determine if it is for you.

  27. Raaghav Gaur says:

    How much time in a day do I have to wear an eye patch?? I’m 21 years old.

  28. brighteyes says:

    It entirely depends on your condition and the treatment plan. I would not recommending an eye patch unless you doctor instructs you do it, because it could create problems.

  29. Shivani Selvam says:

    Can you help me to find a doctor that specialist in amblyopia treatment in Malaysia?

  30. brighteyes says:

    Here are some options from

    Ai Chen, B Optom / PhD / FAAO / FCOVD-A / Professor of Optometry
    Office 1:


    Level 17, FSK 6,
    Puncak Alam, Selangor 42300

    Office 2:


    Bangunan Wawasan, Aras 3,
    Shah Alam, Selangor 40450

    Loy Ngien Chin, Optician, CL Practitioner, Vision Therapist
    Sin Ming Optical Sdn Bhd

    NO: 64 Jalan Perwira Satu Taman Ungku Tun Aminah
    Skudai, Johor 81300
    (607) 557-7536

    Tong (Stanley) Tien, FCOVD
    Office 1:

    Sun Time Optometry

    No 1, Jalan Ros
    Segamat, Johor 85000
    (607) 931-8514

    Office 2:

    SunTime Vision Specialist

    Lot 07-14, Berjaya Times Square No 1, Jalan Imbi
    Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 55100
    (6032) 110-3967

  31. I live in Tampa and am just now seeing your site and reading this information. I was diagnosed as a child with lazy eye, wore a patch some but was never told any of what I am reading. I am now 73 years old and have been experiencing in the last few years difficulties seeing. It’s like my eyes drift together and I’m seeing out of one eye. No eye doctor has been helpful until this last time I went for glasses, explained my problem and was told it could be neurological or associated with the lazy eye. My question is. Can anything be done to even help in some small way. I like to read and play piano, but my eyes don’t cooperate.
    Thank you

  32. brighteyes says:

    Hello, Regina,

    Even if the underlying cause is neurological, it is likely that that are methods to help you be more comfortable. Reading and playing the piano are wonderful things and you should be able to enjoy them. It is possible that special glasses might help or perhaps vision therapy. Only a thorough evaluation will help us decide.

    -Dr. Nate

  33. Thank you Dr. Nate for your rapid response. I have spoken with my insurance and with a referral from My primary, they will allow treatment even though you are not on the physicians list. So I I will be calling to make an appointment soon. As I said, even the smallest help with my vision would be wonderful. Also, I appreciated your comment that I should be able to enjoy reading and playing the piano. Looking forward to a visit and thank you again.

  34. Shukrah says:

    Hello good morning….I’ve had amblyopia since I was a kid in my right eye…didn’t notice till about the age of 11 /12…then the doctor gave me eye glasses..later contact lense now I’m not using anything because nothing seemed to be working….the eye has gotten really bad …i stay in Nigeria pls do you know of any doctor that specialises in amblyopia here?….or do I have to fly down to where you are….I’m almost 23 years…i really need a solution pls

  35. brighteyes says:

    Hello – You can search for a doctor closer to you. Good luck.

  36. Sara says:

    I am 59-1/2, amblyopic left eye from severe childhood strabismus. My vision in that eye can best be described as trying to see through a black, very opaque shower curtain. Good right eye is 20/300, also now with some presbyopia, corrected to 20/20 with glasses (actually wore a multifocal lens for quite a while with good results). My question: Is it even worth pursuing an attempt to correct the amblyopia at my age? I definitely could function very little with patching the eye.

  37. Dan says:

    I have had amblyopia since my youth. I’m now 67. Can a patch help at all or is it a waste of time?

  38. brighteyes says:

    Only a thorough eye exam with a specialist trained in amblyopia can answer can give you advice. However, if there is help for you, it would not be in the form of a simple eye patch, but with a program of vision therapy.

  39. Manahil Athar says:

    Hi, I am 22 and I’ve misaligned eyes. What could be the drawbacks of wearing eyepatch over the strong eye because after I remove the patch the pupil lies outwards. I wear spectacles of 0.25 power higher than the eye number. RE 0.75 and LE 1.5.

  40. Ashutosh Harpude says:

    Sir i have hypermetropic amblyopia in my left eye by which i have 6/36 visionand right eye has 6/6 my left eye is very minutely turned outwards. Plz tell me any excercises to improve my vision acuity.

  41. Harsh says:

    I am 37 years from India with amblyopia in my left eye , can it be treated at this age?

  42. brighteyes says:

    You should only attempt patching under the direction of a doctor experienced in binocular vision treatment because you could make the problem worse.

  43. brighteyes says:

    You must have an evaluation by a binocular vision specialist.

  44. brighteyes says:

    It depends on the nature of the cause of the amblyopia. It is possible with the right care of a doctor.

  45. Debbi Reaves says:

    I’m 63. My lazy eye started about 7 years ago. Could the wrong prescription lens havecaused this to happen?

  46. Maxine says:

    Hey my name is Maxine and I’m 27 years old . I have strabismus in my right eye but my left eye is straight . I went to my eye specialist in New Orleans and requested a alignment surgery . He said it’s not necessary because he would turn my eye inwards and I won’t be satisfied with the results . The nurse there told me if I eye patch my strong ( left eye ) and use my ( right eye ) the weak one so that it could work , then it might shows some process . How true is that

  47. brighteyes says:

    It really depends. Instead of seeing a surgeon, I recommend that you see an optometrist who specializes in binocular vision. They can tell you what the treatment options are.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the
    structure of your site? Its very well written; I love
    what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more
    in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  49. brighteyes says:

    Thanks. Yes, we are in the process of updating the website now. -Dr. Nate

  50. Laraine Hayes says:

    Unfortunately I never realized I had amblyopia until late in life . The vision in that eye is 20/200. I’m terrified that the vision in my good eye may decrease . Is there anything that can be done to improve my vision . I live in east Hampton New York

  51. Anonymous says:

    Hi, every time i used to check blog posts here in the early hours in the daylight, since i like to find out more and more.

  52. rakesh kumar says:

    I am 24 years old from India ,I have Amblyopic left eye with 6/60 vision, can this be treated.?

  53. mr mallick says:

    I am 21 year old , i have amblyopia left eye with eye sight 6/36 ,can this be treated?

  54. Anya says:

    I am 37 years old and I have amblyopia right eye, is there any doctor that specialist in amblyopia treatment in Indonesia?

  55. Zahraa says:

    I am 40 years old and I have amblyopia left eye (with 2/10 vision), can this be treated?
    terrified that the vision in my good eye(9/10 vision) may decrease!! 

  56. Fawzan Bin Mokhtar says:

    I am 17 years old and I have amblyopia in my right eye.Can I find any doctor specializing in amblyopia in Bangladesh?

  57. Prajyot says:

    sir I have just discovered that I have an amblyopia in my left eye…so wat I should do now

  58. Vinayak D Joshi says:

    Dear sir,

    I am Vinayak Joshi from Belgaum, Karnataka state,India & I have Amblyopia problem in left eye by birth, I can’t see from this left eye,I can see only light, shaking of hand,& all blurr,blurr.
    Name: Vinayak D Joshi
    Age is 40
    I have under gone cataract operation for this left eye in 2007 in Belgaum.
    After cataract operation putted artificial lens(IOL) instead of natural lens for this left eye
    Also undergone Hymyiopia operation for this left eye in 2017 in Saraswati hospital Madurai Tamil Nadu but not useful still my vision is not improved.
    So please suggest that is there possibility of treatment to me in this age(40)

  59. F. Bruce Golding says:

    67, Male Lazy Right Eye. Any hope for the right eye?

  60. Tamara G Bradshaw says:

    I am 47 years young and I have amblyopia- Lazy eye since I can remember. Is there a doctor here around Suffolk, Va. that can help me try to fix my issue. I have been joked as a kid and an adult it has really taken a toll on my self esteem,and I just want to try to fix it. Please any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my message.
    Tamara Bradshaw

  61. brighteyes says:

    Ms. Bradshaw, the closest doctor that I can recommend is Dr. Peter Guhl,

    Phone: 757-890-2020
    3630 George Washington Memorial Hwy,
    2nd Floor Suite H, Yorktown, VA 23693

    Good luck!

    -Dr. Nate

  62. Sara J says:

    my name is Sara and i´m 19 years old. recently i went to an eye doctor to pick up the problem again of my left eye, she said again that amblyopia can not be treated that i´m too late. the opointment was when i was 6 years old. now i´m afraid that my good eye will get bad because its doing all the work. i don´t believe this doctor at all. i believe it can be treated nut where should i start. should i start patching again=. i got normal precription glasses and when i wanted to try contact lenses the opticien just gave me one for my right eye because two lenses is ´´not usefull´´ what should i do= /Sara J

  63. I am shalini verma 37 year age libe in meerut when I have lasik ledger of my eyes when my glasses no.was 6.30 with sallendricalin 2011 .in the year 2019 I have white cataract. Dr. Says amblyopia in left eye but cataract in both eyes please tell me treatment I have lost my carrier

  64. Muhammad Bilal Younis says:

    I am Muhammad Bilal. I am 21 years old and have amblyopia in my left eye. Please tell me any suitable treatment of this
    I will be grateful
    Thank You!!

  65. Serenity Hale says:

    Wow, how fascinating. I’m 35. I have left eye amblyopia. I see 20/70 in left and 20/30 (use to be 20/10) in right. I was difficult as a child to get to comply with patching. I always broke my glasses. So my mom gave up. As an adult, anytime I was given glasses I felt so sick wearing them I rarely lasted a week. Recently, a dr suggested contacts. So I’m wearing +3.75 in my left and +.5 in my right. It’s working to relieve the strain I have on my right eye. However, are you saying there’s a potential that I can still improve my left eye. That I might not need contacts?

  66. Haider says:

    I am from Pakistan and 25 years old i have amblyopia in my left eye. I had an retina detachemet suregery in 2018 now in my left eye vision is to much blurry which effects my eye alignment. please refer me a specialist doctor who can do my treatment.

  67. Shaine says:

    I am from Philippines and I am 19 years old. I have amblyopia in my right eye. I took a lot of medicines that my doctors told me to drink but nothing’s happened. My right eye is blurry in the middle like it has something blocked my eyesight yet the edge of it is a little bit clear. I carried it for almost 8 years and the only treatment that I have now is wearing eyeglasses. Is there a doctor here around
    Luzon area in the Philippines that can help me try to fix my issue or advice from you that can really hep me. I have been bullied since I was a kid and now that I am 19 years old it has really taken a toll on my self esteem. I just want to try to fix it. Please any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my message.

  68. Vt says:

    Hiii,i am 36 year old,suffering from lazy eye.
    Nowadays I am facing a problem , when I blink my left eye then I see black curve n line .
    Plsssss help

  69. brighteyes says:

    It sounds like it is very important that you have an eye exam as soon as possible to rule out possible eye disease. -NBW

  70. Will W says:

    I’m 35 yr old with amblyopia cause by strabismus and am very eager to try some new therapy techniques. I tried patching and lenses in 2010 with very minimal success (went from 20/200 in the weak eye to 20/100 WITH lenses and therapy). I’m looking for any help that might improve my vision. I’m in Northern Virginia. If you have colleagues or a reputable doctor, I’d love a POC. Thank you.

  71. ANKIT LAMBA says:

    My vision in left eye is 6/6 and that in the right is 6/18, i tried patching for at least a year when i was 12 and i got some results but afterwards the treatment stopped and now i went to the doctor and he said you have to live with only one eye i am feeling tensed and i am ready to do anything it takes to correct it, also i want to know will i also loose vision in my left eye i.e 6/6 by time when i start getting old.

  72. Nitin Soni says:

    My 4 years and 8 months old daughter has been diagnosed with -4 (left) and -7 (right) eyesight with 6/18 and 6/24 vision acuity. Though doctor has prescribed eye patch in only one of the eyes for 4 hours. Wanted to check if that’s correct. Should I also consult another doctor. Any help would be great. Regards, Nitin

  73. brighteyes says:

    There are many options in your region:

    Dennis Cantwell, OD, FCOVD
    Cantwell VisionTherapy Centers

    44074 Pipeline Plaza #100
    Ashburn, VA 22003
    (703) 729-3545

    John Dresely, OD, FCOVD
    John W Dresely Jr, OD, PLLC

    14121 Robert Paris Ct.
    Chantilly, VA 20151-4200
    (703) 657-3245

    Robin Winslow, OD
    Intrepid Center

    5890 9th St
    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
    (571) 231-1210

    And more in DC. Good luck.

  74. brighteyes says:

    You would have an evaluation. You can call us at 813-792-0637 to schedule or do more research at

  75. brighteyes says:

    You might want to find a doctor that performs myopia control as well as amblyopia treatment.

  76. Cheryl Hansen says:

    My son is 22 years old he has had strabismus infantile esotropia from 12 months old he has amblyopia caused by the strabismus his vision in the lazy eye is poor he can see a little out of the lazy eye but only when he closes the good eye he has had surgery on the muscle of his eye it’s straightened the eye but it’s not completely straight what I would like to know would vision therapy be an option to help with his vision or is it too late we was told by ophthalmologists that nothing can be done to improve his vision because he’s older than 9 years old is this true or can vision therapy improve his vision

  77. When I was 7 I had Ambyopia. My parents did not catch it in time for patch therapy to make any difference. So they tied my eye muscles together so my eyes would track evenly. My mother said if my good eye went bad, that the bad eye would come back, but every OD I have spoken to said that it wasn’t true. My vision is 20-1/200. I now have to take a behind the wheel driving test to renew my license. I’d like to know if there is any chance my vision in my “blind eye” can ever be regained or if the surgery I had has reduced any chance of vision improvement in my future.

  78. Usman says:

    I have amblyopia in my left eye but due to this my right eye is getting weaker and weaker.I am using glasses with -8 on left eye and -3 on right eye.
    what should i do??

  79. Tammara Cappellano says:

    My name is Tammy and I am now 62 years old with Amblyopia. When I was 7 I had Amblyopia. My parents did not catch it in time for patch therapy to make any difference. So they tied my eye muscles together so my eyes would track evenly.

    My mother said if my good eye went bad, that the bad eye would come back, but every OD I have spoken to said that it wasn’t true. My vision is 20-1/200. I now have to take a behind the wheel driving test to renew my license.

    I’d like to know if there is any chance my vision in my “blind eye” can ever be regained or if the surgery I had has reduced any chance of vision improvement in my future.

    Also, is there any new surgical developments that can enhance or improve my vision in this eye?

    Thanks for your professional opinions!

  80. Dajuan Thomas says:

    I am 32 yrs old and have a turned eye that is cocked to the left I have been looking up eye patching will that work for me?

  81. Charlottie Eoppolo says:

    My husband was born with cataracts in 1954. He has 20/70 sight in one eye and only can see images (how many fingers, etc.) if he concentrates in that eye. Do you think it would be possible to develop this eye?

  82. brighteyes says:

    I would be careful with eye patching unless recommended by a doctor.

  83. brighteyes says:

    Perhaps possible but likely very difficult.

  84. Anonymous says:

    Hello everyone i’m aulona from kosovo.since i was child i had problem with my right eye (lazy eye) 19y old already.what you recommended me . I feel bad cause i think its going to be bad my good eye pls answer me?

  85. Jonathon Geiger says:

    Is there a physician in Jacksonville that you would recommend? I drive down to Anna Maria from time to time so I might be able to make an appointment, but if it’s a long process maybe I’d be better off local? Didn’t notice it till I was about 40, now I see it even in pictures from high school. As more things for my work have gotten me in front of the camera, it’s really noticeable. I also have an astigmatism in both eyes and wear contacts.

  86. Hi my name is isaac, I’m 32 years old, I have lazy eye issues which we never observed from childhood, now I did a lasik to improve my eyes, but very often my eye and head pains so much I feel to hit with a hammer to my head, severe pain how to reduce the pain? Please help me, head pain even eye pain

  87. James DeJesus says:

    I AM 36 YEARS OLD I have a turned eye in my right eye that goes up and to the right how far it goes out usually depends on how close the object is the farther the object is away the harder it is to keep my eye focused it also can depend on how tired I am. I can look people in the eye even from a short distant. If I remind myself to focus i can pretty well. Im sorry but can this be fixed in any way. I got surgery when I was in the 7th grade It went back to lazy around 10th 11th grade i noticed when my classmates use to clown me for it but it wasn’t that bad since I could straighten it sometimes and got better at it over the years. Im sorry if im babbling but if you could help me out in any way it would be greatly appreciated thank you for your time regarding this issue.

  88. James DeJesus says:

    Ps I wear glasses as well

  89. jerome cabanayan says:

    I’m 16 years old and I have amblyophia which is my left eye, I was diagnosed when I was 6 years old, my treatment stopped because I’m so being stubborn that time and now I’m willing to go back in eye patching, my right eye also decreasing the vision and I’m so worried it could be the barrier in my dreams.

  90. Nathalie says:

    I have an 11 yr old who started having severe and debilitating Migraines at age 8 suddenly. He has missed out on life and been with neurologists numerous RX and treatments with little relief. Never had a single Paediatrician recommend a thorough eye exam with an optometrist or other.

    Finally three days ago a pede did a simple iscan in office and he has amblyopia and the vision is 21/50 in the affected eye.

    I am seeking professionals all over to help me help my son, so that possibly he will have clearer vision and pain free as I truly believe the migraines are a symptom of this.

    1- is it possible that amblyopia cause and be the root cause of Severe migraines.
    2- is it possible to restore vision in the eye and realistically what treatments will help? Vision therapy? Eye patching? I purchased a software with special goggles and games that showed good therapeutic outcome.
    I am not sure of the therapy mentioned here and would like to find out more.
    I reside in Washington State and would appreciate a possible provider to seek and have a consultation with for my son.

  91. brighteyes says:


    I am reluctant to say too much without a complete eye exam. Often patients who are 11 year old can improve vision I would be cautious with at-home software until a through eye exam is performed.
    There are many doctors in Washington State who can assist you. Go to to see who is close to you who can help.

    Good luck.

    -Dr. Nate

  92. DERINA says:

    Can you please help me find a doctor for amblyopia in India. My brother is 20 years old now & needs it soon.

  93. Dr. Tanisha ojha says:

    Dear Dr.Nate
    My dad is 64 years old and has amblyopia in the left eye. His right eye had retinal detachment twice and now has poor vision so he was hoping if anything can be done for the left eye.
    I am an ophthalmologist practicing in India and have not seen much improvement in the adults with amblyopia. After reading about your articles I am hopeful that can be done for my dad.
    He is in a dismal state.

  94. Divyansh says:

    Hi goodevening sir I am Divyansh 19 years from India suffering from lazy eye ,I want to know one thing ,one restore a normal vision as normal person have after a proper treatment as you have treated many teenage and even adult patient for the same so please tell as I want to join Indian Army. Thanks

  95. Shahijahan Ahmad Mir says:

    I did a divergent squint surgery of my right lazy eye( vision loss from Last 19 years due to an incident). Now i am marking some vision improvement in this eye. Can anyone tell me some suggestive measures. Please contact 7006414474

  96. Hello dear, I am 24 year, 2 month before i came to know i have lazy eye i have a eye test in which i score 6/6 in my right eye but i have to wear glasses of .25 sperical and .50 cylinder and 6/6p in my left eye and have to wear glasses of 2.25 cylinder and 1.25 spherical…..can my eyes be cured?… doctor advise me to have lasik first and after that with exercises she said to cure my vision. Is this solution is good? As i am unble to read the small alphabets with my left eye not even in my mobile and doctor saidit is just because of higher cylinder in left eye and can be cure after lasik with exercises…pls guide me what to do for curing my eyes pls pls pls

  97. Hossein Tasnim says:

    Hi. I am 25 years old. my nationality is Iranian. I read your article. I have had lazy eye disease since I was six years old. But I did not take action to cure it. How can I get treatment at this age?
    Thank you in advance for your answe

  98. Alaa Othman says:

    My sister is now 16 years old and she is just diagnosed with “Amblyopia “ on her right eye.
    Unfortunately,she was not suffering of any symptoms on her early childhood,so she was not diagnosed early.Everything was going normal she was not noticing any difference.

    The Dr said that she is able to see with her right eye only by 10% !!! . Really it was surprising for all of us !!! .

    My question is , can her case be treated in this stage ? What should we do ?
    Note: she is living in Lebanon

    Best Regards,

  99. m. guiditta says:

    I am 38 and have a lazy eye since a young child. Is it too late to fix the problem. Is there corrective surgery (like they do for children) that would work? Will patching affected eye work for me? Are there any doctors in the state of Connecticut that can help?

  100. Rishabh Singh says:

    do we have to wear eye patch over glasses (glasses prescribed by doctor) or simply on eyes

  101. Veer says:

    Hi Sir

    My son is 5 years old and has low vision , we are from india . it was due to eye accident at the age of 8 months , the vision in the right eye is 6/36 and right eye is 6/6

    can you help

  102. brighteyes says:

    Unfortunately, if was due to trauma, there may be little help. You need to see a doctor who can advise you.

  103. Zeriab Ibrahim says:

    Hello, I have a problem of laziness in the left eye and I am 23 years old

  104. Zeriab Ibrahim says:

    Hello, I have a problem of laziness in the left eye and I am 23 years old
    Hep Please

  105. Dasha says:

    I’m fifteen years old with lazy eye in my right eye. My power is around -2.5 in my left eye and -6.5 in my lazy right eye. Will only patching for around two hours a day make any improvement?

  106. Ruby singh says:

    hello sir madam
    i am 23 years old i have a lot of trouble seeing since childhood when i saw the doctors they said i have emmetropic amblyopia which is not curable can you help me to cure it

  107. Gursimrsn singh says:

    I’m 28 years old,my right eye is a lazy eye since my birth. Now I’m wearing eye specs with number in my right eye. Does patching can help my in this age

  108. Thirubhuvani says:

    I’m 23 years old ,my right eye was lazy eye since my birth.Now I’m wearing spec’s for my left eye with prescription +0.5, at my age 13,I was detected with cataract ,so at the time of surgery lens was removed in my right eye, after theat the doctors says I don’t have any hope to gain any vision in my right eyes, now I am facing difficulties to concentrate on studies and also having constant pain in my right eye ( entropic)

  109. Deepti says:

    Hlo sir or mam I m from India. (PUNJAB) I M 38 yrs old I have a lazy eye only 10% I able to see. And my right eye is also weak now I wear spec’s? Plz help me to find doctor for the treatment.

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