March 9, 2018 Conference
Although amblyopia can be treated effectively at a young age, it remains the leading cause of monocular vision loss in children due to (1) delays in detection and (2) poor compliance with prescribed treatment. In this presentation we will discuss new approaches to amblyopia screening and its treatment. For screening, a method known as retinal polarization scanning has been significantly more accurate than existing approaches for detection of amblyopia and strabismus. For treatment, new approaches focusing on binocular therapy have the promise of better compliance with treatment, while both binocular therapy and prolonged dark exposure may reawaken the brain's plasticity and enhance treatment even in older patients. The successes and ongoing challenges of these innovations will be discussed.