Amblyopia/Lazy Eye

What is Amblyopia?

  • Amblyopia is the medical term for what is commonly known as “Lazy Eye”
  • Amblyopia is a developmental disorder of visual processing that occurs during early childhood
  • Amblyopia results in reduced vision even with the best glasses or contact lenses
  • Amblyopia is caused by an interruption of binocular (two-eyed) vision
    • Due to an eye turn called strabismus
    • Due to a higher prescription in one eye and more rarely a high prescription in both eyes
    • Due to an interference of light entering the eye (lid droop, cataract, etc..)
  • Amblyopia is curable with appropriate intervention

Are there any concerns with Amblyopia besides not seeing well in one eye?

  • Amblyopia is most often recognized the difficulty with eyesight in one eye despite the best prescription glasses or contact lenses but there is much more to amblyopia than just simply reduced eye sight
  • Amblyopia can be thought of a syndrome that commonly consists of:
    • Reduced eyesight
    • Reduced depth perception
    • Reduced focusing (accommodation)
    • Reduced reading efficiency
    • Poor eye movements related to reading

What is the treatment for Amblyopia?

  • The first step to treatment is the appropriate prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Patching one eye is an inexpensive option financially but expensive in other ways including:
    • Social/emotional problems with patching
    • Reduced depth perception when patching
    • Poor compliance
    • Increased familial tension
    • Regression of improvement after stopping the patch
    • Long treatment time often 1 year or more
  • Binocular Vision Therapy (VT) is being recognized as an improved treatment over patching that targets the root cause of amblyopia. Research has shown VT to be an effective option for the treatment of Amblyopia without relying on patching. Benefits of VT are:
    • Improved compliance
    • Improved depth perception
    • Longer lasting results than patching
    • Often faster results when compared to patching

If you or your child has been diagnosed with Amblyopia or Lazy Eye then our team can help! Request an appointment today and we will live up to our mission of Improving Lives by Improving Vision!

Learn more at the dedicated site for information on amblyopia from the Vision Help Group.