Myths About Lazy Eye (amblyopia) & Eye Cancer (retinoblastoma)

Myths About Lazy Eye (amblyopia) & Eye Cancer (retinoblastoma)

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There are many myths about what is commonly referred to as Lazy Eye (amblyopia) and eye cancer (retinoblastoma). Here are the facts: Every state, county, city and school district can save eyesight, money and even the lives of some pre-verbal children, with a one-second eye test most jurisdictions know nothing about yet. Retinoblastoma is now one of the leading causes of infant death. In many cases the eye(s) are removed to prevent the spread of cancer and the child still dies. The Better Vision for Children screenings are described here by world renowned amblyopia expert, Salvatore Stella, M.D. Amblyopia, in its several types, is now the leading cause of permanent vision loss in the United States. Amblyopia and retinoblastoma incapacitate or blind about 500,000 children each year and have already…
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American Optometric Association (AOA) Recommendations

American Optometric Association (AOA) Recommendations

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American Optometric Association (AOA) Recommendations The American Optometric Association (AOA) supports early vision evaluations and regularly scheduled vision testing. AOA also states that asymptomatic/risk free children should have a comprehensive examination at age 3, again before first grade and every 2 years after at the very least. They also strongly suggest that well-designed and properly administered vision testing / screening programs should be used to help identify children in need of critical vision care.
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Amblyopia (“Lazy eye”)

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Amblyopia ("Lazy eye") 1 in 30 children will be affected by amblyopia – referred to as “lazy eye” Amblyopia is a leading cause of vision loss in people younger than 45 years 1 in 25 will develop strabismus – known as crossed-eyes – a significant risk factor for amblyopia 1 in 33 will show significant refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism 1 in 20,000 children have retinoblastoma (intraocular cancer) the seventh most common pediatric cancer
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Amblyopia in Children: What It Is and How It Is Treated

Amblyopia in Children: What It Is and How It Is Treated

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Informative article written by the staff of familydoctor.org on Amblyopia Amblyopia Overview What is amblyopia? Amblyopia (say this: "am-blee-oh-pee-ah") is an eye problem that causes loss of or poor vision in one or both of a child’s eyes. Amblyopia usually affects only one of the eyes, but sometimes it can affect both. Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision problems in children. Causes & Risk Factors What causes amblyopia? Anything that happens to blur a child’s vision or cause the eyes to become crossed may cause amblyopia. For example, children who have strabismus (also called “crossed eyes”), cataracts, a droopy eyelid or who need glasses to see better may get amblyopia. All babies are born with poor eyesight. As babies grow, their eyesight gets better. In order to develop…
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