Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is a vision problem commonly found in children. This disorder occurs when vision in one eye doesn’t develop as it should and affects your sight. At World of Vision in Vero Beach, FL, we provide comprehensive eye exams to accurately diagnose lazy eye and provide treatment to preserve your vision.
Understanding Lazy Eye
Your optic nerve and your brain are responsible for vision. The optic nerve sends electrical impulses to the brain, which then processes what you see. Lack of stimulation in your eye can keep the optic nerve from maturing and functioning properly. When there is no connection to the brain, that particular eye becomes “lazy,” or deficient in producing quality sight. The brain will then favor the “good” eye and not rely on the weaker eye.
If left untreated, lazy eye can impair your visual clarity, eye teaming, and depth perception skills. We recommend have this disorder treated while your child’s vision is still developing. Our optometrist provides treatment for adults with lazy eye as well to help improve their quality of sight.
Symptoms of Lazy Eye
While lazy eye can develop at an early age, it isn’t always easy to detect its symptoms. Some symptoms of the disorder include:
- A wandering eye
- Constantly squinting or closing one eye to see
- Poor depth perception
- Constantly bumping into objects
- Persistently tilting head
Treatments for Lazy Eye
Your treatment for lazy eye will depend on the severity of your condition. Some treatments our optometrist may recommend include the following:
Prescription Eyeglasses or Contacts – Since lazy eye could be due to refractive errors, corrective lenses may help with treatment. Prescription eyeglasses or contacts can help improve your vision, so the brain focuses more on the lazy eye. Our optician will examine your eyes and suggest eyeglasses or contacts that are suited for your needs.
Eye Patch – Covering the dominant eye with a patch helps the brain rely on the weaker eye and strengthens its nerves to help you see more clearly.
Atropine Eye Drops – Atropine eye drops can be placed in the stronger eye to temporarily blur its vision. As a result, the lazy eye will have to work harder to provide you with sharper vision.
Contact us for an Appointment Today!
If you are experiencing any symptoms of lazy eye, our team at World of Vision in Vero Beach, FL, is happy to help. To learn more about the treatments we offer or to schedule your eye exam, contact us at (772) 562-2020 today. When you’re seeking an optometrist near me, we are ready to assist!