Amblyopia (am-blē-ˈō-pē-ə) sometimes referred to as "lazy eye" is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is one of the most common causes of vision problems in children. Amblyopia occurs when the nerve pathway from one eye to the brain does not develop during childhood. When this is present, the amblyopic eye sends a blurred image or the wrong image to the brain. This confuses the brain, and the brain may learn to ignore the image from the weaker eye. Amblyopia is a treatable condition. The most common treatment of amblyopia is patching the strong eye. Patching forces the brain to recognize the image from the amblyopic eye and correct itself.
The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first and only state wide registry for children and families with amblyopia. The OAR is a partnership among Ohio’s Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and the leading Children’s Hospitals across the state of Ohio. We provide free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information and support to any child (under the age of 18) and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia. Once a child is diagnosed with amblyopia, a registration form is completed and registers them with the OAR. Upon registration, the child receives free eye patches, a report card to follow the progress of patching, incentive charts and patching posters along with educational information for the caregiver. When the child needs additional patches, the caregiver can call our office or visit our website to request additional patches. Every child, regardless of household income, can receive additional free patches during their patching treatment.
The Ohio Amblyope Registry is a grant funded program that is funded with donations from the dollar check off box on your driver's license renewal form. Our program is part of the Save Our Sight fund with the Ohio Department of Health. For additional information on the Ohio Amblyope Registry visit www.ohioamblyoperegistry.com or call 877-808-2422.