Lazy Eye Causes and Treatment
Across the United States, amblyopia or lazy eye impacts an estimated two percent of all children. While this condition may seem not a cause of concern, lazy eye is actually the leading cause of decreased vision in children. If you or your child suffer from lazy eye in Dover, Milford, or the surrounding area, the team at Vision Quest Eye Care Center can help. Continue reading to learn more about lazy eye and different treatment options available for it.
What Causes Lazy Eye?
Lazy eye happens when the nerve pathways between the retina and the brain fail to work together. The result is one eye (the weaker eye) receives fewer signals, and the brain simply ignores the input of that eye. Common conditions that cause the nerve pathway changes are:
Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, can cause lazy eye. With refractive errors, one eye may have a better focus than the other eye or have blurred/distorted vision. In either case, when the brain receives a clear image from one eye and a blurry image from the other, it will start to ignore the distorted image. If this continues for several months or years, the blurred eye's vision will continue to worsen.
Strabismus is a condition where the eyes do not line up properly. Whether it's one eye is turned inward or outward, those suffering from strabismus or crossed eyes are unable to focus their eyes together on an image. Additionally, those with strabismus may see double images. Because of this, the brain will eventually start to ignore images from the eye that isn't aligned.
Cataracts are, in the most simple sense, cloudiness of the lens, which makes things appear blurry. Cataracts can hinder the development of vision and cause lazy eye.
How an Optometrist Treats Lazy Eye
Lazy eye typically starts in childhood, commonly between the ages of six and nine. When the condition is identified and treated prior to the age of seven, the child will have the best chances of it being corrected. Treatment options can vary based on the impact of lazy eye on your or your child's vision. A few of the most common types of treatment we use at Vision Quest Eye Care Center for patients in Dover and Milford include:
- Corrective eyewear
- Eye patches
- Bangerter filter
- Eye drops
Contact Vision Quest Eye Care Center
If you or your child suffer from lazy eye, our optometrists at Vision Quest Eye Care Center can help. We'll work closely with you to create a treatment plan to help improve you or your child's vision.
No need to Google “eye doctor near me.” Contact the optometrists in either our offices in Dover or Milford to schedule an appointment. Our numbers are 302-678-3545 (Dover) and 302-424-9424 (Milford).