Lazy eye, clinically known as amblyopia, is a vision development disorder where the eye does not attain normal visual acuity even when prescription eyeglasses are used. The condition typically begins in infancy or early childhood and in most cases it affects only one eye.
If the condition of lazy eye is diagnosed and treated early, it is possible to avoid reduced vision. However, if left untreated, it may lead to severe visual disability. Experienced oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and also many neighborhoods in this region for eyelid surgery and treatment of medical conditions such as lazy eye.
Amblyopia generally occurs in infants, which makes it difficult to detect the symptoms. Strasbisum is a common cause of lazy eye. Therefore, if the baby or a little child has crossed eyes or another eye misalignment, an eye exam with an eye care professional should be scheduled.
Another indication of amlyopia could be that the child cries or fusses when one of the eyes is covered. This screening test can be performed at home when the child is watching TV or doing another visual task. However, a comprehensive eye exam is important and cannot be substituted with home screenings.
In this type of amblyopia, the brain ignores the visual input from the misaligned eye in order to avoid double vision caused due to poorly aligned eyes.
In this case, the eyes may be perfectly aligned, but the unequal refractive errors in the two eyes cause amblyopia. In this situation, the brain will rely on the eye with less refractive error and ignore the blurred vision from the other eye.
This condition is caused when there is an obstruction against light in the child’s eye. For instance, congenital cataract can cause such obstruction and obstruct light from entering and being focused in the eye.
In a few cases of refractive lazy eye, a proper correction of the refractive errors in both eyes with glasses or contact lenses may help to restore normal vision. This will usually involve at least some patching of the ‘good’ eye in order to train the brain to pay attention to the visual input from the lazy eye.
In case of strabismic lazy eye, the eye surgeon may have to perform strabismus surgery to straighten the eyes. This will be followed by eye patching and some vision therapy to enable both eyes to work together as a team. The patient may need patching for several hours a day or the entire day for a few weeks or months.
Treatment in Older Kids and Adults
RevitalVision is a program to improve vision in older kids and adults suffering from lazy eye. The treatment involves 40 training sessions of 40 minutes each, conducted over several weeks. RevitalVision is an FDA approved computerized treatment for lazy eye. Dr. Hui provides lazy eye treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas.
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