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Lazy Eye in Children

Amblyopia in Children

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is a common vision condition that manifests in young children.  Lazy eye is a great example of a vision problem that can best be corrected when it is detected and treated early in a child’s life.  By the time a child reaches eight or nine years old, the eyes have developed their own system of seeing which is very difficult to fundamentally correct.

For children with amblyopia, one eye underperforms. The body’s response is to follow directions from the normally performing eye, but if uncorrected, the child’s depth perception could be permanently compromised. 

Treating Lazy Eye in Kids

Early detection is essential for successful treatment of amblyopia. If a child’s lazy eye is refractive, meaning that one eye does not refract light properly and is underperforming, then it is possible that glasses can solve the problem.  However, in many cases glasses will not be enough. In order to strengthen the weaker eye, an optometrist will patch the stronger eye for a period of time, forcing the child to use and bolster the weaker eye.  Other techniques to increase the strength of the weaker eye are prescribing glasses in which the lens for the strong eye is blurry or even to use eye drops in the stronger eye to temporarily blur that eye’s superior vision. 

Strong Eyes, Strong Kids

Treating Amblyopia takes time, but it is time well spent.  The earlier the condition is detected and addressed, the sooner your child will be on a path to lifelong eye health.  Contact us today if you believe your child might be suffering from lazy eye.

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