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Patching May be Needed

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Last updated: 28 Aug, 2017
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My 2 month old baby was born with a small dot in the centre of her is visible with naked eye and is nearly a .5 mm dot. One doctor said its a non progressive , visually insignificant opacity at the anterior and that patching is not needed . Just want to know a second opinion whether patching is needed. Is her vision normal like the other eye? Will she develope amblyopia in this case if we don't patch?


What your doctor has advised is correct most of the time. No patching may be needed now but followup periodically is recommended.

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital, Ste. 1210
840 Walnut Street                    
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association


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