About Lazy Eyes (Amblyopia)
Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, refers to a condition that sometimes occurs when one eye is weaker or has poorer vision than the other eye. If the difference in the strength of the eyes is significant enough, it can cause the brain to favor the stronger eye, which then may lead to the weaker eye wandering inward or outward. Amblyopia is most common in infants and children and has a very high probability of correction if it is caught and treated early enough. If left untreated, it can not only become more difficult to correct but may also develop in the other eye.
Though lazy eye is most common in children, it can also affect adults. At Koch Eye Associates, we are a highly skilled team of optometrists and ophthalmologists who are trained to diagnose and treat amblyopia at any age. Schedule an appointment today at one of our locations in Wakefield, Woonsocket, North Kingstown, Warwick, Providence, or Johnston, RI so we can create your personalized treatment plan.
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The most noticeable symptom of amblyopia, or lazy eye, is that one eye may wander inward or outward. Other signs that it could be present include babies and children crying if one eye is covered, as well as reduced depth perception and abnormal vision test results. Though it is often diagnosed through obvious signs that the eyes are not working together properly, obvious signs are not always present. In these cases, it can only be detected with a comprehensive eye examination.
Certain ocular problems that result in blurred vision or “crossed” eyes can lead to the development of amblyopia. Similarly, a lazy eye can lead to other eye or vision problems. A few common conditions associated with amblyopia include cataracts, muscle imbalances, and refractive errors. If you suspect that you or your child may have a lazy eye, it is very important to have your eyes thoroughly examined.
Optometrists and ophthalmologists determine the treatment for lazy eye based on the cause and severity of the condition. For example, if the amblyopia is caused by refractive errors, a combination of corrective eyewear and eye patches can stimulate the weaker eye. The vision in the stronger eye may also be blurred with special eye drops to promote the use of the weaker eye. Surgery may be the best option for amblyopia caused by a cataract or muscle imbalance. Once your diagnosis is made and we have determined the causes and underlying conditions of your amblyopia, we will go over all of your treatment options with you. At Koch Eye Associates in Rhode Island, we are extensively experienced in the full spectrum of vision impairment, and we can offer you the most cutting-edge treatments available.
Strong, Equal Eyes
If you suspect that you or your child has symptoms of amblyopia, contact Koch Eye Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Lazy eye is correctable with a customized treatment plan and persistent care; however, if not treated properly, it can cause even worse vision and development problems. We will determine the cause behind your amblyopia and provide the best treatment plan for your case. Our team of skilled professionals is here to help ensure that our greater Rhode Island patients have the best vision possible.