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Learn about our campaign to prevent amblyopia.

03 / 10 / 2017

Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”, requires early diagnosis and treatment. To prevent it, the ATAM Clinical Team has launched a free campaign aimed at children of ATAM members aged between 3 and 8 years old.

Human visual development requires a slow learning process that takes place from the moment of birth until the age of 9 or 10. For this, there must be integrity in the optical pathway, as any anomaly in one or both eyes will result in a limitation of visual capacity in the future. In addition, it may be the case that in the absence of alterations in the structures of the eye, there is a delay in the development of visual function, with partial or even complete loss of vision. It is known as lazy eye or amblyopia and affects approximately 3% of the population. It is most often caused by anisometropia or a significant difference between the prescription of one eye and the other.

A lazy eye can occur, among other reasons, because the brain detects which eye is easier to see and which one sends a faulty image, prioritizing the eye that works best and reducing the vision of the other one. Fortunately, if the situation is detected during the child’s visual learning period, we can act by correcting the refractive problems, thus helping our brain to “learn” to see through both eyes similarly.

Early diagnosis and treatment during the first years of life are critical, as this is when the visual cerebral cortex adapts best to visual stimuli, and later visual recovery will depend on this. The success of preventive treatment of amblyopia decreases progressively until about the age of 8 years. After this age, the loss of visual acuity may be irreversible.

The ATAM Clinical Team’s objectives include diagnosis, assessment, and guidance to prevent disability. As part of this line of work, it has decided to launch this prevention campaign. Interested ATAM members can request a consultation by calling 91 799 13 07 or 91 799 13 09. The ophthalmological assessment will be at the Clinical Team’s facilities in Pozuelo de Alarcón. The ophthalmological consultation of this campaign is free for children of members and is not invasive or painful for the child.

Conditions for participation in the campaign:

  • It is aimed at children of ATAM members aged between 3 and 8 years old (inclusive).
  • The assessment will be carried out at the ATAM Clinical Team facilities in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid).
  • Appointments by calling 91 799 13 07 or 91 799 13 09.
  • The consultation is free of charge.

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