Young children with amblyopia, sometimes referred to as ‘lazy vision’, are in a tricky situation. They may be at an age where the weaker eye can be made to see better by using it, but are too young to understand beyond their dislike of wearing an eye patch. By the time they are old enough to understand and cooperate, it may be too late to get the brain to use the amblyopic eye. They need all the assistance they can find to help them feel good about wearing an eye patch and making the weak eye stronger, including the assistance of superhero Amazing Amber.
This story aims to help children identify positively with Amber, and become superheroes themselves. Amblyopia treatment does require a heroic effort on the part of carers and children. Read this book over and over to your child to reinforce the good they are doing when patching their eye.
Dr Stephen Hing
Past Head of Ophthalmology at Westmead Children’s Hospital