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Amblyopia "lazy Eye"

Amblyopia "Lazy Eye" is the vision development disorder where an eye would fail to attain normal visual acuity despite the use of prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses. This kind of eye disorder usually begins during the infancy stage of a person throughout their early childhood. Most of the time, those who suffer from this eye problem would have their one eye affected only. There are also cases when the visual acuity of both eyes is reduced.

When lazy eye is diagnosed in its early stage, it can be easily treated as well as prevent the effects of reduced vision. If it was diagnosed and was left untreated, it can cause blindness to the affected eye.

Signs and Symptoms of Those with Amblyopia

Since this kind of eye problem usually starts during the infant vision development stage, diagnosing the symptoms can be a bit difficult. Some of the symptoms that you can check with your child are the following:

  • Crossed eye or those with strabismus can also lead to lazy eye. If you notice that your child is suffering from eye misalignment, it is best that you get his eyes checked.

  • When you notice your child that is crying or fussing when one of his eyes is covered, then this is a clear clue. When performing visual tasks like watching TV, try covering one of his eyes. If he objects after covering one eye, then you have covered the good eye and left the bad eye open.

These are just some of the common signs that should indicate your child having this eye disorder. When you notice any of these signs present with your child, then it is best that you bring him immediately to a professional ophthalmologist or optometrist.

What Causes It

There are different reasons why a child may suffer from this eye problem and the most common causes are:

  • Strabismic

    This is the condition where your child has crossed eyes or misaligned eyes. The brain would ignore the overall visual input coming from the eye affected that may lead to lazy eye.

  • Refractive

    Unequal refractive errors of both eyes can also cause the problem despite having normal eye alignment. The brain would rely on the eye with lesser uncorrected error and then tunes ones the one with blurred vision that leads to lazy eye as the other eye is continuously disused.

  • Deprivation

    It is the condition where something is obstructing light from getting inside the eyes and being focused on it. This would often be noticed with kids having congenital cataract. Immediate treatment is required to attain normal vision development.

Treatments Available

The usual treatment available for Amblyopia "Lazy Eye" is correcting refractive errors completely. It can either be through the use of contact lenses or glasses. Another treatment is the use of an eye patch on the good eye for forcing the brain in paying attention on the visual input that the amblyopic eye produces. This is believed to enable the vision development on the affected eye occur normally. For the proper treatment on the lazy eye problem of your child, it is best that you talk to an eye specialist immediately.


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