How do we test for and diagnose amblyopia?
You child’s doctor can diagnose amblyopia by performing a comprehensive eye exam in which they evaluate visual acuity, stereopsis (depth perception), farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, eye alignment and overall ocular health.
What can I expect from a pediatric eye exam?
Plan for the initial visit to take between 2 to 3 hours. The overall experience is generally positive and interactive. The most stressful portion of the eye examination for children is often the administration of the eye drops for dilation. Eye drops are necessary in order to most accurately measure the refractive error as well as to allow for comprehensive examination of the optic nerve and retina. Our team is well-trained in administering eye drops to children, so this usually isn’t anything to worry about.
How do we diagnose amblyopia?
Amblyopia is diagnosed when it becomes evident that the child is unable to read 20/20 (or their age-appropriate level) in one or both eyes, even when wearing glasses.