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VIEWS FOR 20/20 by Dr. Mark Skowron GETTING THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH In 900 A.D., a Mesopotamian physician wrote that "lazy eye" (amblyopia) due to strabismus (misaligned eyes) should be treated by patching the "normal" eye. Then, as now, it was believed that the occlusion (or blocking) of the normal" eye would force the use of the so-called "lazy eye" and therefore improve its vision. However, getting children to wear patches can be a trying experience. The good news is that "atropine" eye drops, used once daily, blur vision effectively enough in the stronger eye to offer an alternative to the patch. Atropine belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. It works by relaxing the ciliary muscle of the eye, causing the pupil to dilate (widen) and vision to blur. When untreated, amblyopia can result in serious visual impairment, even loss of sight in the affected eye. Amblyopia can be caused by a number of conditions that affect normal visual development or functioning of the eyes. When it's time to make the all-important choice for the best frames to fit your budget and style, look to SKOWRON EYE CARE! At Skowron Eye Care, your 20/20 vision is our mission. P.S Amblyopia is more effectively treated in children who are under seven years of age. SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com VIEWS FOR 20/20 by Dr. Mark Skowron GETTING THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH In 900 A.D., a Mesopotamian physician wrote that "lazy eye" (amblyopia) due to strabismus (misaligned eyes) should be treated by patching the "normal" eye. Then, as now, it was believed that the occlusion (or blocking) of the normal" eye would force the use of the so-called "lazy eye" and therefore improve its vision. However, getting children to wear patches can be a trying experience. The good news is that "atropine" eye drops, used once daily, blur vision effectively enough in the stronger eye to offer an alternative to the patch. Atropine belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. It works by relaxing the ciliary muscle of the eye, causing the pupil to dilate (widen) and vision to blur. When untreated, amblyopia can result in serious visual impairment, even loss of sight in the affected eye. Amblyopia can be caused by a number of conditions that affect normal visual development or functioning of the eyes. When it's time to make the all-important choice for the best frames to fit your budget and style, look to SKOWRON EYE CARE! At Skowron Eye Care, your 20/20 vision is our mission. P.S Amblyopia is more effectively treated in children who are under seven years of age. SKOWRON EYE CARE 370 N. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-6244 www.skowroneyecare.com