What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia is when an eye cannot be corrected to 20/20 for reasons other than ocular or neurological disease.

How does Amblyopia happen?

Normally at birth, human eyes and the brain are not fully developed and rely on having a good strong stimulus to each eye to complete development and see 20/20. If a good stimulus is absent, then the eye will not finish developing properly and therefore will never be able to see 20/20 even with corrective glasses or contact lens prescription.

Who is at risk of developing Amblyopia?

Children who have unequal prescriptions between the eyes and/or have certain types of eye turns are at risk. It is important to know that oftentimes these risk factors cannot be detected outside of a comprehensive, dilated eye exam by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Keep in mind that kids are very adaptable humans who don’t know what blurry is and won’t know if they are just using one of their eyes to get by.

How to identify risk factors for Amblyopia and what to do?

Comprehensive, dilated eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist beginning in childhood are the only way to identify Amblyopia. The AOA recommends children get their first eye exam between 6 months-1 years old and then annually after that. In order to secure the best outcome, the earlier an Amblyopic risk factor is identified and treated, the better the visual outcome. If caught early enough, 20/20 vision in both eyes, that work together is entirely possible. However, if intervention is delayed, visual outcome and binocularity decrease.

What can be done if my child has Amblyopia? Glasses and patching therapy as prescribed by an eye doctor.

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A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Cincinnati where her husband is starting his pediatrician fellowship,with their two cats and baby boy.

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