Lazy eye is a common disorder that occurs in children, however if it is not treated, it can lead into adulthood and cause blurry vision. At Krisel Eye Care in Davie, FL, we offer eye exams to determine an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment. Before visiting us, learn more about lazy eye and how it is treated below:
What is Lazy Eye?
Lazy eye is also known as amblyopia and usually occurs when one eye doesn’t communicate correctly with the brain. Your eyes collect information and send signals to your brain. When one eye functions better than the other, your brain will naturally rely on the stronger eye and communicate with the weaker eye less.
Diagnosing Lazy Eye
When you visit us, our optometrists will perform an eye exam to evaluate your eye health and provide a diagnosis for lazy eye. During the exam, we will check for a wandering eye and measure your vision in each eye to determine a suitable treatment for your condition.
How is Lazy Eye Treated?
If lazy eye is detected early, our optometrists can provide prompt treatment to preserve your vision. Since connections between your eyes and brain form before the age of 7, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. However, treatment can also be beneficial for older children and teenagers. Along with that, treatment can also prevent further complications in adults with lazy eye as well.
Some causes of lazy eye are treated with corrective lenses. If you have nearsightedness, astigmatism, or farsightedness in one eye, these conditions can cause your brain to rely on the stronger eye. Our optometrists will identify the root cause of your condition and recommend a suitable treatment.
Strengthening the Weaker Eye
You can help strengthen the weaker with various methods, such as an eye patch, bangerter filter, or eye drops. You'll wear an eye patch over the stronger eye for a few hours each day, which forces your brain to rely on the weaker eye. Bangerter filters require eyeglasses and an opaque filter is placed on the lens of the stronger eye. Eye drops can also be used to cause blurry vision in the stronger eye. Each of these treatments help your brain to rely on your weaker eye, which makes the eye stronger over time.
If your lazy eye is caused by a droopy eyelid, cataract, or squint, surgery may be required. The procedure will adjust the position or length of the eye muscles, which corrects the cause of your lazy eye. If you have a mild case of lazy eye, laser surgery may correct the condition.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you have lazy eye, our team at Krisel Eye Care in Davie, Florida, is happy to assist. We provide a variety of treatments that can improve your vision and overall eye health. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at (954) 961-1509 today.