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My 7-month-old child was diagnosed with a unilateral macular scar. A blood test for toxoplasmosis came back negative. Is it possible to evaluate the degree of vision loss and is there any treatment for this condition? Is it advisable to patch the good eye for several hours each day or to use protective glasses (to protect the good eye)? Is there any chance, given the young age, that vision will improve?

There is currently no treatment of macular scar. Toxoplasmosis is just one cause. It is advisable to protect the better eye with glasses when your child is old enough to be at risk for injury. The chance of vision improvement is hard to predict. In some cases vision will improve with patching, but this will depend on how large the area of damage is.

Answered by: Michael Repka, MD Dr. Michael X. Repka

Categories: Eye Conditions, Children's Eye Health

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