Patching is continued until the best possible vision is obtained. This may take from a few weeks to several months to achieve, depending on the severity of the amblyopia, and compliance with the therapy. The child’s progress is periodically monitored by the pediatric ophthalmologist.
Even after vision has developed in the amblyopic eye, part time patching and/or Atropine may, in some cases, be required over an extended period of time to maintain the improved vision. Amblyopia is usually treated before surgery to correct any strabismus (eye alignment). Patching may be continued after surgery as well to obtain the best possible vision.