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How to manage amblyopia (Lazy Eye)?

Q: I am 26 year old and have a squint in my left eye. It started at the age of 2 1/2 but in my childhood I did not get treatment. I went to a doctor at the age of 19 who told me that it was due to plus (+) power in both the eyes in my childhood because of which my left eye got squint and the brain cannot recognize the vision from left eye leading to blurred vision. The right eye has got no problem. I am wearing progressive glasses but even then I have blurred vision. I wanted to know is there any way I can get back clear vision in my left eye and will I be eligible to take the IAS exam?

A:You appear to have amblyopia (Lazy Eye) in the left eye. This is due to the presence of a refractive error which was not attended to in the formative years, and also caused a squint in the same eye. Unfortunately, the patient treatment available at the present time to improve the vision of the left eye are difficult and time-consuming. The patient can consider a cosmetic squint correction for the squint that is apparent at this time and occlusion treatment under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.

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