Learn about Amblyopia, often referred to as “Lazy eye,” and how Vision & Sensory Integration Institute evaluates and treats patients with amblyopia
Amblyopia Identification And Etiology
Amblyopia is a major cause of vision loss, occurring most often in children. However, some adults suffer from amblyopia.
Amblyopia is often referred to as “Lazy eye.” The condition causes reduced vision in one eye, which the Mayo Clinic staff explains is a result of “Abnormal vision development,” that typically occurs early in life. Some sources think amblyopia actually develops during infancy, although parents may not notice amblyopia symptoms.
American Family Physician describes ocular structures in children with amblyopia as usually being normal, yet presence of strabismus or misalignment of a child’s eyes as well as unequal refractive error are often present in children with lazy eye. When a child is diagnosed with certain other eye health conditions, amblyopia is more likely to be present as well. When a child has amblyopia, parents should not minimize the potential risk for development of other vision issues.
There are several different types of amblyopia, each with its own characteristics. When your child receives a diagnosis of amblyopia after an eye exam at Vision & Sensory Integration Institute, the eye doctor explains what type of amblyopia your child has and the characteristics affecting your child’s eye health.
Symptoms And Causes Of Amblyopia
Some individuals experience several symptoms while others have no idea the amblyopia exists until diagnosis. When symptoms are present, they potentially include one eye that seems to wander inward or outward, eyes do not seem to work together, tilting of the head, squinting or shutting one eye. Mayo Clinic also points out that individuals with amblyopia are more likely to demonstrate poor depth perception.
The eye affected by amblyopia symptoms does not receive the same vision signals as the stronger eye. As symptoms progress, the brain eventually ignores signals from the weaker eye.
If a family member has amblyopia, there is greater risk of another child having the condition.
If a muscle imbalance occurs, the imbalance potentially results in crossed eyes or other symptoms related to the muscle imbalance.
If a child has a cataract or another eye health condition that leads to deprivation of vision clarity, deprivation amblyopia potentially leads to loss of vision. In fact, American Family Physician points to data indicating that amblyopia accounts for the greatest incidence of vision loss in children and in permanent vision loss in 2.9 percent of adults.
The seriousness of amblyopia indicates the crucial need for treatment to begin as early as possible. Your Vision & Sensory Integration Institute eye doctor has the expertise and experience to diagnose amblyopia at its earliest stages to better increase likelihood of treatment success. Your eye doctor discusses treatment options with you, including eye patch, glasses, special eye drops, activity-based treatment or combination of treatments. The individualized treatment plan addresses each patient’s specific treatment needs.
Contact Vision & Sensory Integration Institute to make an appointment or to learn more about amblyopia.