Should we be screening for and treating amblyopia?

Gordon N. Dutton, Marie Cleary

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In 1981 the award of the Nobel prize for medicine for the discovery of the pathophysiology of amblyopia marked a turning point in the management of children with this condition.1 Recognition that early visual experience is essential for the development of the visual brain has fundamentally changed the way we manage disorders that interfere with image formation in the eye during early life. For example, very early screening, detection, and intervention for sight threatening congenital cataract2 has practically eliminated this condition as a cause of long term visual impairment in the developed world.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2003


  • congenital cataract
  • amblyopia
  • visual impairment


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