Optic correction left eye must be most suitabling. This depends from its refraction, but not from better sighted eye. In moderate amblyopia (20/40 to 20/80), start patching by prescribing 2 hours a day combined with 1 hour of near visual acuities. This decreased burden of patching may be more acceptable to both the child and the parent.
3-4 mouth period may do it. And visit your doctor.
He was able to read 6-7 lines at a distance with the right (good) eye, but had problems on the 2nd-3rd line with left one. He said he could not see. I don't know the actual refraction , the doctor prescribed +1.75 (right) and +2.00 glasses. Don't know if this is less than the actual refraction or not, but she said that even though there is not that much refraction difference between the two eyes, the left one is lazy, so we need to patch the good eye 1 hr a day so the left eye improves, too.
She said that when we come back in 3 months, having used the eyeglasses and done the patching as prescribed, a good result would be for him to read additional lines with the left one and for his refraction to have stayed the same and not increased. Does this sound reasonable?
How many child saw test-line picture (or visual acuity)?
I think that little hyperopia is good refraction at this age. How measured refraction?
Your child will need to be watched carefully till he's about 17 or 18. He is likely to need glasses and patching till age 7-8 and after that glasses or contacts.
Without glasses/patching he will likely have poor vision in one eye (amblyopia) and the crossing will likely degenerate into constant crossed eyes that are diffiult to fix with surgery.
Thanks for the fast reply. By wearing the glasses and patching as recommended 1 hour a day, would his situation improve? And typically over what type of a timeframe?
The eyes don't improve with age. In fact strabismus and amblypia often get much worse and more difficult to treat. Some children get less farwighted as they get older but that has nothing to do with whether they need glasses, patching, bifocals when younger.
Your child needs to wear the glasses and likely will need patching.
Other children in your family have a 20% chance of the same problem so have everyone checked.