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Why do we patch the “strong” eye?

December 2, 2017

A child must use the “weak eye” for vision to develop in that eye. Patching the better seeing eye to force the brain to use the amblyopic eye. The weaker eye must be forced to stimulate the visual cortex of the brain if vision is to develop. If amblyopia is not diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion, several problems may occur:

  • The amblyopic eye may develop a serious and permanent visual defect
  • Depth perception (seeing in three dimensions) may not develop
  • If the good eye becomes diseased or injured, a lifetime of poor vision may result

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