Lazy Eye Treatment from University Eye Associates
For residents of North Carolina, University Eye Associates offers a full range of optometry services. Whether you require an annual eye exam or have a specific eye condition, our team of eye doctors is here to help. University Eye Associates offers three locations for the convenience of its patients. Customers can book an appointment with an eye doctor for Charlotte, Davidson, or Rocky River locations in North Carolina.
What is amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the medical term for lazy eye. It is a type of poor vision in one eye. The brain starts to depend on the vision from one eye and that eye becomes stronger, while the other becomes weaker. The weaker eye is known as the lazy eye. People who suffer from amblyopia cannot control how their weak eye works. It is more common in children, where about 3% of children have it. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to allow for better vision. If the condition is diagnosed and treated on time, amblyopia can potentially be cured.
What are the symptoms of amblyopia?
Typical symptoms of amblyopia include tilting of the head, squinting, and shutting of the weaker eye. In the early stages, lazy eye symptoms might be difficult to spot, so it is highly recommended to have vision screening for kids, at least once between the age of 3 and 5.
What are the causes of amblyopia?
The causes of lazy eye are not always clear to the eye doctor. If the vision in one eye starts to go weak, the brain starts to rely on the other eye, while gradually “turning-off” the weaker eye. Different eye conditions can lead to a lazy eye. Cataract or strabismus may cause a lazy eye. Certain refractive errors in the eye could also be a reason. Examples of refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
What is the treatment for amblyopia?
Before an eye doctor provides lazy eye treatment, they might want to diagnose and treat any eye condition that might be causing the lazy eye. Once that eye condition has been treated, the lazy eye treatment begins by training the mind to get used to the weaker eye. One of the most common lazy eye treatments includes wearing a patch to cover the stronger eye. Typically, patients are advised to wear the patch for a couple of hours every day. Another treatment is to use eye drops in the stronger eye. The eye drops provide temporary blurred vision in the eye, forcing the brain to rely on the weaker eye.
Book an appointment at University Eye Associates in Charlotte, Harrisburg (Rocky River), or Davidson
It is important to diagnose and treat amblyopia at a very young age.
You can book an appointment with an eye doctor at any of the locations of University Eye Associates.