Amblyopia: Does your child have a lazy eye?

Amblyopia: Does your child have a lazy eye?

Amblyopia otherwise known as Lazy Eye is a common condition where the eye and brain don’t work together as they should.

Amblyopia - child with a lazy eye

The tell-tale signs your kids have a lazy eye

Children with Amblyopia will develop good vision in one eye and poor in the other and will be unaware that anything is wrong or could find it difficult to explain that they are struggling with their vision.

Quite often a teacher notices that a child is struggling with their vision, the child may have crossed eyes or be squinting when trying to focus.

If you feel your child has a lazy eye

Lazy eye is difficult to treat after the age of 8 so it is important to have your child’s eyes tested when they are young. The recommended age for a first test is around the age of four.

The treatment process of Amblyopia

Treatment is a gradual process and takes many months. An eye patch is often used to cover the stronger eye to encourage a child to use the affected eye more or a doctor may prescribe drops called atropine which blurs the strong eye therefore your child won’t need to wear a patch.

Lazy eye surgery

If the above treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend eye muscle surgery which involves tightening or loosening the eye muscles. This type of surgery can usually be performed as a day case so you won’t need to take a suitcase with you.

The first step

If your child has any of the above signs, your first step would be to arrange an appointment at your local opticians where the qualified optometrist will examine your child and provide advice on the diagnosis.

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