“Lazy Eye” (Amblyopia)
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye that is unrelated to any eye health problem and is not correctable with lenses. It usually develops before the age of 6, and does not affect side vision.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) can result from a failure to use both eyes together. Lazy eye is often associated with crossed-eyes or a large difference in the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes.
Symptoms of Lazy Eye may include noticeably favoring one eye or a tendency to bump into objects on one side. Symptoms are not always obvious.
Lazy Eye will not go away on its own. If not diagnosed until the pre-teen, teen or adult years, treatment takes longer and is often less effective.
Early diagnosis of Lazy Eye increases the chance for a complete recovery. This is one reason why the American Optometric Association recommends that children have a comprehensive optometric examination by the age of 6 months and again at age 3.
Treatment for Amblyopia (lazy eye) may include a combination of prescription lenses, prisms, vision therapy and eye patching. Vision therapy teaches the two eyes how to work together, which helps prevent lazy eye from reoccurring.
Protect your vision by scheduling regular eye exams at Family Eye Care Center. Dr. Craig can diagnose Lazy Eye and other conditions to help protect all of your family members’ vision and eye health for life. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call: (304) 636-9111.
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