Amblyopia

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Also called the ‘lazy eye’ syndrome, this disorder affects more children than any other. Despite the structure of the eye remaining intact, one or both eyes send blurry images to the brain. Glasses help, but they may not always correct the vision to 20/20. The recourse is to make the weak eye relatively stronger, by ‘patching’ or treating the normal eye with drops. Early treatments are recommended, with consistent glasses or contacts, and follow ups over a lengthy period of time. Some forms of amblyopia are not immediately apparent to parents, and have to be detected via a vision screening test.


Symptoms

Symptoms may include noticeably favoring one eye or a tendency to bump into objects on one side. Symptoms are not always obvious.


Treatment

Treatment for lazy eye may include a combination of prescription lenses, prisms, vision therapy and eye patching. Vision therapy teaches the both eyes to work together in tandem, which helps prevent lazy eye from being a recurring issue. Early diagnosis increases the chance for a complete recovery. It is recommended that children be taken to an optometrist at an early age of 6 months and once again when they are 3 years old. Lazy eye should not be taken lightly and if untreated at a young age it becomes and a continuous and recurring problem. Moreover, treatment during teen or adult years is often less effective.