Amblyopia Explained by Plano and Celina-based Optometrist
When you care for a child, you may notice problems with his or her vision. A common concern that may arise is the development of a lazy eye. The condition impacts a child’s visual acuity and requires treatment at an early age to help reduce the risk of severe vision loss. At Lone Star Vision, we offer treatment to help with a lazy eye.
What is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the medical term for a lazy eye. It usually impacts one eye but can impact both eyes in some rare situations. The condition is a disorder that requires proper treatment to address. Wearing glasses or contact lenses will not correct a lazy eye or help with the visual acuity of the individual.
Types of Lazy Eye
Lazy eye falls into three main categories, which include:
- Strabismus amblyopia, which causes poor alignment in one of the eyes
- Refractive lazy eye, which occurs when an individual has a refractive problem in both eyes
- Deprivation lazy eye, which occurs when a child’s eyes cannot properly develop due to a problem preventing light from entering the eyes
The most common type of lazy eye is strabismus amblyopia. Other forms of the condition require different treatments based on the type of lazy eye and the problems caused by the condition.
Symptoms of Amblyopia
The symptoms of amblyopia depend on the type of condition. While certain factors may differ based on the type, you will notice some common symptoms in many cases of the condition.
The common symptoms you may notice include:
- Crossed eyes or poor alignment of one or both eyes
- Crying when one eye is covered, particularly if a child is not uncomfortable when you cover the other eye
- Squinting or other signs of difficulty seeing
If you suspect your child has a lazy eye, then you want to visit our clinic for a check-up. Even a young infant may need treatment if you have concerns about a congenital cataract. Do not wait for treatment if you notice problems with your child’s eyes.
Lazy Eye Treatment
Lazy eye treatment depends on a child’s situation and the type of lazy eye impacting his or her health. In our clinic, we may use vision therapy to help with certain forms of a lazy eye. We also use an eye patch to help your child learn to see clearly and use the lazy eye. In certain situations, we use glasses or contact lenses to help with the problem. Our treatment depends on your child’s specific needs.