Lazy Eye Treatment
A condition called lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, occurs in about 1 to 4 percent of children who don't have other vision problems and in about 5 percent of children who do. It is also the leading cause of single-eye vision loss in adults aged 20 to 70. Amblyopia is treatable if detected and corrected in time. Here are some important facts about amblyopia from our eye doctor in Roseville at Granite Pointe Eye Center.
What is Amblyopia?
There are several different kinds of amblyopia, but they all involve loss of clear vision not due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or an injury to the eye. Sometimes the problem is the way the eyes coordinate images. Sometimes the problem is not getting enough stimulation of the retina around the edges of the field of vision in one or both eyes. Children and adults who develop amblyopia often have crossed eyes, or they may tend to focus on objects to the side rather than straight ahead.
Development of Amblyopia
Amblyopia tends to develop either in infancy or when children are in elementary school. Lazy eye can occur in babies, but it is most likely to be detected between ages 7 and 10. It's most likely to occur in children who have a family history of amblyopia and children who have severe nearsightedness that isn't adequately corrected by glasses or contacts.
Signs of Amblyopia
There are two tell-tale signs that a child has amblyopia. Children who need lazy eye treatment for just one eye tend to bump into objects with one side of their bodies. Children who need lazy eye treatment in both eyes tend to bump into objects with both sides of their bodies.
Untreated amblyopia in children will not go away on its own. Even if vision problems are physically corrected, the brain will not understand the clear image without further treatment. That's why it is important to take children in for eye exams at 6 months and then again before age 3 so amblyopia can be identified and treated promptly.
Children should be seen by an eye doctor regularly after they start school. Failure to receive lazy eye treatment can lead to learning disabilities that take a great deal of effort to overcome.
Lazy Eye Treatment in Roseville
For more information on amblyopia treatment or to schedule an appointment, call Granite Pointe Eye Center at (916) 797-6747.