Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, refers to reduced vision that occurs on one eye. Lazy eye is the leading cause of decreased vision in children, but it can still affect adults.

Has vision decreased in one of your eyes or that of your child? Visit Eye 1st Vision Center in Sandy Springs for quality treatment. We will provide a comprehensive exam to determine whether you're suffering from amblyopia. After diagnosis, we will come up with an effective procedure to treat the problem. We are dedicated to making sure you have proper eyesight to enjoy everyday life.


Causes of Amblyopia

Amblyopia is caused by alteration of the nerve pathways between the retina and the brain. The eyes are unable to work together, and the brain ignores the weaker eye's input while focusing on the healthy eye. Some causes of amblyopia include:

  • Muscle imbalance
  • Trauma in one of the eyes
  • Drooping of one eyelid
  • Corneal ulcer

Symptoms of Lazy Eye

Some signs and symptoms of amblyopia include:

  • Head tilting
  • covering one eye
  • Eye squinting
  • Eye wandering inward or outward
  • Double vision
  • Poor perception of depth

When to See an Eye Doctor

Visit our optometrists immediately if you notice one of your eyes has poor vision. Our eye doctors will test your eyes to identify the condition and recommend a treatment method. Failure to seek treatment can result in the worsening of eye conditions.

Amblyopia Treatment Using Vision Therapy

Amblyopia can be treated using vision therapy. This procedure can be used to treat people of all ages but is more effective in young adults and children. Vision therapy greatly reduces the time needed for healing, making it a preferable treatment method. Our optometrists tailor-make a unique therapy for every patient, according to their needs. The therapy can take a few weeks or even months, depending on the extent of the condition. Lenses, filters, prisms, and other specialized tools are used during the procedure. Other treatment methods for lazy eye include:

  • Surgery
  • Contact lenses or eyeglasses
  • Patching
  • Binocular vision activities

It's good to seek treatment immediately if you detect a lazy eye, although it is still treatable when a child gets older.

Contact Us for Amblyopia Treatment in Sandy Springs

Amblyopia is very common in children. If you notice your child keeps on tilting their head or covering one of their eyes, there is a high likelihood they are suffering from amblyopia. It also affects adults. At Eye 1st Vision Center, we offer specialized amblyopia treatment after a thorough examination and diagnosis. 

Amblyopia is easily treatable using safe procedures like vision therapy. We also recommend that you attend your routine eye exams since some vision problems can easily be detected before they advance to more critical conditions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or find out how our optometrists can help your eye and vision health.


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