Lazy Eye

Lazy Eye Treatment

Amblyopia, more commonly known as “lazy eye,” is a condition involving inhibited vision in one eye. It is caused by the abnormal development of vision during early developmental stages. The weaker eye, the “lazy eye,” often wanders toward the nose, or outward toward the side of the face. Lazy eye tends to develop during the developmental stages between birth and age seven. It is a leading cause of vision loss in young children, and it rarely affects more than one eye. River Place Vision Center in Austin, TX offers treatment for lazy eye.

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The Symptoms of Lazy Eye

Lazy eye tends to be easy to spot once it is fully developed, but of course, we hope to catch it before the condition has fully progressed. We look for the symptoms of lazy eye long before a child reaches seven years of age. Early symptoms include:

  • One eye that wanders toward the center or the side of the face
  • Eyes that appear not to track together
  • Shutting one eye or squinting
  • Poor depth perception
  • Unusual or abnormal visual screening results
  • Tilting the head

The Causes of Lazy Eye

  • Muscle imbalance is the most common cause of lazy eye preventing the eyes from accurately working together to track objects
  • A difference in visual acuity between the eyes can cause the eyes to diverge
  • Visual deprivation in one eye caused by a cloudy area in the lens or other similar problems

When to See Your Eye Doctor for Lazy Eye Treatment

It is a good idea to have your child’s vision examined at least once per year by a professional eye care specialist. This will help to ensure that any developing conditions like lazy eye have a good chance of being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

Even with regular checkups, it is possible that the signs and symptoms may not appear at the time of an examination, even if the condition is in development. That’s why it’s very important to monitor your child for the early signs of lazy eye. Also, if you have a family history of Amblyopia, your child is at an increased risk of developing the disorder.

Eyecare in Austin

If you suspect your child may be developing a lazy eye, call our Austin eye doctor at River Place Vision Center today. Professional treatment is your child’s best chance of having normal, strong vision for life. Call us at (512) 343-2020 to schedule an appointment.

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