Caring for your children’s vision begins at an early age. There’s greater chance of correcting problems like amblyopia, aka lazy eye, when caught early. These FAQs from Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz, explain more about lazy eye causes and treatment.
What Is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia, aka lazy eye, refers to reduced sight in one or both eyes due to improper development in early childhood. Your San Jose/Cupertino/Los Gatos/Santa Cruz optometry specialist can help detect signs of lazy eye during an eye exam. Ideally, your child should have his eyes examined at 6 months, 3 years old, and 5 years old to uncover vision problems in their early stages.
Who’s at Risk for Developing Lazy Eye?
Lazy eye generally occurs in children under the age of 8. If your child was born prematurely or weighed below average when he was born, he’s more prone to developing this condition. It’s estimated that up to 4% of children suffer from lazy eye.
What Causes Lazy Eye?
When children fail to use both of their eyes together, they can develop lazy eye. Lazy eye can also be caused by large differences in refractions or strabismus (crossed eyes) as the brain favors one eye and ignores the other.
What Effect Does Lazy Eye Have on Vision?
Typically, the visual images your eyes send to your brain are the same. If there’s a big difference between the images due to one eye not seeing as well as the other, your brain may ignore the image sent by the “bad” eye and focus on the image sent by the good eye. The longer the “bad” eye is ignored, the weaker it becomes due to not being used.
How Is Lazy Eye Diagnosed?
If lazy eye occurs in only one eye, you may not notice that you have this condition as your good eye picks up the slack to provide good vision. Lazy eye can be accurately diagnosed in a comprehensive eye exam, enabling your child to get treatment.
How Is Lazy Eye Treated?
We may recommend corrective lenses or contacts to improve the focusing power of the “bad” eye so that it’s used more frequently. Prisms and vision therapy can also help in lazy eye treatment. We may also have you cover the good eye for a while to stimulate visual development of the lazy eye. Ignoring the lazy eye is a poor option, as the affected eye can eventually become totally useless.
See Your Spectrum Eye Physicians Optometry Specialist for Lazy Eye Treatment
To schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment of lazy eye, contact Spectrum Eye Physicians serving San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz at 408-884-2215 today.