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Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Postby buffy » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:32 pm

"Normal development of the visual cortex depends critically on early life visual experience. In humans, a disparity in the quality of vision between two eyes during infancy or early childhood leads to a visual impairment called amblyopia. In animal models, amblyopia can be induced early in life using a brief period of monocular deprivation via eyelid closure. Here we show in two evolutionarily divergent species that experimental amblyopia can be rapidly corrected if binocular visual experience is restored after temporarily silencing the retinas with a local anesthetic. These findings point the way to an approach for clinical management of amblyopia with advantages over the current standard of care."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5150384/

If this is correct it's very, very exciting.
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Re: Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Postby nut » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:38 pm

Interesting Buffy. I wonder if intervention is needed before a certain 'cut off' time.
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Re: Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Postby roughbarked » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:00 pm

nut wrote:Interesting Buffy. I wonder if intervention is needed before a certain 'cut off' time.

Think it is still too early for such specifics. Buffy will answer on all that.
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Re: Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Postby buffy » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:01 pm

Traditionally the answer has been get the amblyopia sorted before about 4 or 5 years of age. But anecdotally and in some recent research, you can get improvement even in adults at times. So I don't think I'd rule anything out if it is indeed possible to "reboot". It's going to be years before we know though. Might not even be in my lifetime this is such early stuff.

But terribly exciting if correct.
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Re: Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Postby nut » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:49 pm

My partner had a lazy eye that was corrected when she was sixteen. Used to stick way out, very poor vision on that side now. She is now mid forties.
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