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Self-correcting amblyopia: case report


Julie D. Senior ,

Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
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MSc DBO CASE (Orthoptics)
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Anna R. O’connor

Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool
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PhD BMedSci (Hons)

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Aim: To report an interesting case of amblyopia in a child with a previous history of constant left strabismus and amblyopia treated with occlusion, who subsequently sustained an injury to the  nonamblyopic eye.

Methods: The case is presented of a 12-year-old child who injured his fixing right eye after falling from a chair onto the corner of a computer table. Ophthalmic and orthoptic findings are documented.

Results: The child presented to the accident and emergency department, after transfer from another Trust, with an acute history of right eye penetrating injury. Examination revealed a superior corneal laceration which required surgical repair. Seven months after a successful corneal repair the patient was noted to be turning his head to the right when reading. Orthoptic examination revealed a change in fixation and an increase in visual acuity in the previously amblyopic eye from 6/12 to 6/6 þ 2 Snellen.

Conclusions: The period of improvement of vision from amblyopia can extend beyond what was previously thought to be the limit for positive change. Despite previous treatment of amblyopia a spontaneous increase in visual acuity occurred and was maintained even when acuity was restored in the nonamblyopic eye.

How to Cite: Senior, J.D. and O’connor, A.R., 2011. Self-correcting amblyopia: case report. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 8, pp.59–61. DOI:
Published on 01 Aug 2011.
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