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Posted on 12-16-2016
TAMPA, Fla. – A “Lazy eye” treatment using an atropine drop, offers the same results as previous treatments at a much lower cost to families and has a greater compliance potential in young patients.
Dr. Ed Huggett, founder of Low Vision Support, has been on the forefront of atropine drop adoption and views it as a cost-effective therapy for helping his patients cope with amblyopia, which is more commonly known as “lazy eye”.
Amblyopia affects approximately 9.5 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, Huggett urges parents to have their infants and children screened for eye conditions that can often go unnoticed.
A study by the National Eye Institute has confirmed that cycloglegic eye drop therapy, using atropine eye drops, is as effective as traditional occlusion methods for those plagued with mild to moderate amblyopia. Huggett charges $175 for the atropine treatment, while other optometrists charge up to $325 for the older eye-patch therapy.
“Using atropine eye drops over traditional methods gives our patients the best possible chance towards recovery,” said Huggett. “Most of our patients prefer this treatment option due to the stigma of using a daily eye-patch. Children are also more likely to cooperate with this therapy, reducing the risk of treatment failure.”
Amblyopia is a condition that occurs when a child’s visual system does not develop properly, resulting in abnormal sight in one or both eyes. Early detection and treatment produce the best possible chances for a full recovery. Amblyopia therapy was previously believed to only be effective in extremely young children, while new research suggests it can be successfully administered until the late teen years.
To have your child or teen screened for amblyopia and other potential eye conditions, contact Low Vision Support at 727.463.2579.
About Low Vision Support
Low Vison Support is located in Dunedin, Florida. If you or someone you know suffers from color blindness or low vision, visit lowvisionsupport.org for more information to learn about how Low Vision Support can help. You can also call directly at 727.463.2579.
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