About Lazy Eyes (Amblyopia)
A lazy eye (amblyopia) is classified as the reduced vision in one eye and most commonly affects infants and children. Quite often, the affected eye wanders inward or outward because of abnormal visual development. A lazy eye should be treated as early as possible to restore and preserve vision. While amblyopia begins in only one eye, vision problems can occur in both eyes if the condition is not diagnosed and corrected. At Eye Health Vision Centers in the greater South Coast area, our team of highly trained optometrists and ophthalmologists is skilled to diagnose and treat amblyopia for restored vision. With the help of early detection and advanced treatment options, your child has an outstanding chance of correcting their lazy eye and strengthening their overall vision.
While amblyopia most commonly affects children, adults can suffer as well. Our team is equipped to treat the condition at any age and can help create a treatment plan that considers your age, lifestyle, and unique condition. Call Eye Health Vision Centers today to schedule your appointment. We are proud to serve patients in Fairhaven, Fall River, Taunton, and Dartmouth, MA and in Middletown, RI.
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Typically, lazy eye is diagnosed when the eyes do not work together properly. In most situations, one of the eyes may noticeably wander inward or outward. In babies, parents often note that the child begins to cry when one eye is covered. Other common symptoms include abnormal vision test results and poor depth perception. In cases where the eye does not visibly wonder, amblyopia may only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.
A lazy eye can lead to other eye or vision problems. Likewise, vision problems that cause blurred vision or the crossing of the eyes can contribute to the development of amblyopia. This is why it is of the utmost importance that patients who suspect they have a lazy eye schedule an examination at Eye Health Vision Centers. Some of the most common conditions associated with a lazy eye include muscle imbalances, refractive errors, and cataracts.
Treatment options for a lazy eye vary according to the cause of the condition and its severity. Amblyopia caused by refractive errors may be treated with corrective eyewear or eye patches to help correct or stimulate the weaker eye. Medicated eye drops may be recommended to blur the vision of the stronger eye and encourage the use of the weaker eye. For muscle imbalances or cataracts, surgery could be an ideal treatment. After diagnosis, our knowledgeable team will explain your treatment options based on your symptoms and underlying conditions. Our team of optometrists and ophthalmologists are extremely skilled in the treatment of a full array of complex vision issues. We are equipped to offer the most advanced treatments in our area to help you achieve clearer vision.
Strong, Equal Eyes
Amblyopia can cause vision and development problems, which can worsen if not treated properly. At Eye Health Vision Centers, we work to diagnose the cause of your lazy eye and then provide the best treatment approach possible. If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of a lazy eye, contact any of our practices in the greater South Coast area to schedule a consultation. Lazy eye can be corrected with diligent care and a detailed, customized treatment plan.