FINDING AND TREATING THE PROBLEM EARLY

  • Look for signs of lazy eye such as:
  • Favoring one eye
  • Tilting the head
  • An eye drifts or wanders when the child is tired, sick or in bright light
  • Your child tends to close one eye, especially in sunlight
  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Your child seems to blink too much
  • Your child holds things close to his or her eyes
  • Have your child’s vision checked one eye at a time
  • Remember treatment works best when lazy eye is found early
  • Child’s eyes should be checked shortly after birth, before starting school (age 3-4), and throughout the school years as needed

TREATMENT OF LAZY EYE

  • First the doctor must treat the cause of Amblyopia, Some common treatments include:
  • Glasses can correct focus or help eyes that are not lines up
  • Surgery on eye muscles can help straighten the eyes if other treatments don’t work. Surgery can help both eyes work together
  • Eye exercises may help the weak eye see better
  • Along with treating the cause, the doctor must help the weak eye grow strong again. Some ways to do so are:
  • Patching or covering the strong eye makes the “lazy” eye work harder
  • Your child may need to wear an eye patch for a few weeks or many months
  • Your child will have to visit the eye doctor regularly to see if the weaker eye is getting stronger
  • Patching works best in early childhood, but a doctor may recommend patching at any time
  • Medicines such as eye drops or ointment can be used instead of patching in some cases to blur the vision in the stronger eye
  • Glasses or contact lenses can also be use to blur vision in the strong eye, helping the weak eye work harder

AMBLOYPHIA (LAZY EYE) IS THE LOSS OF VISION OF EYES THAT IS NOT CORRECTED BY GLASSES.

  • This condition starts in childhood, more than one in 50 children have amblyopia
  • If not treated, it can cause lifelong vision loss in the problem eye
  • Most often results when a child has crossed eyes or eyes that don’t line up
  • One eye that focuses better than the other
  • One in 20 preschool children has an eye problem that could cause amblyopia
  • In the end, one eye becomes stronger
  • The stronger eye takes on more of the job of seeing while the weak eye is used less
  • If the problem is not treated the weak eye will be able to see less and less and vision gets worse

***Regular eye care is important even when your child shows no signs of eye trouble***

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