Visionary Eye Care Offers Treatment for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
At Visionary Eye Care, we have an experienced and skilled North Tampa optometrist team who can help you and your children experience optimal eyesight at any age. Among our younger patients, amblyopia is one of the more frequent conditions we diagnose and treat.
What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)?
Commonly known as lazy eye, amblyopia is a neurologically-based vision disorder which occurs when the brain is not able to properly process the visual information coming in from one eye (though in some cases both eyes can be affected). Lazy eye is usually found in young children, who may begin complaining of blurry vision or trouble seeing. A diagnosis can be made on a comprehensive eye exam.
Lazy Eye Causes
Sometimes, it's not entirely clear what is causing your child's amblyopia. Cataracts and strabismus can sometimes be a precipitating factor. In other cases, one eye may simply be stronger than the other and will essentially dominate the visual information being sent to the brain. The brain will "ignore" the weaker eye which can cause it to worsen and become "lazier" over time. Genetics may play a role.
Amblyopia Treatment with Our Optometrists and Eye Care Team
Our North Tampa staff strongly encourages all local parents to bring their children in for a routine eye exam to ensure their vision is developing appropriately. If amblyopia is suspected and diagnosed, we can help develop a treatment plan so your child can begin seeing more clearly again. Of note, prescription lenses may be necessary to correct co-occurring refractive errors, but they aren't usually enough on their own to resolve this problem (remember: the main issue with amblyopia is a processing error in the brain, not necessarily a refracting error in the eye itself).
Our typical non-surgical amblyopia treatment includes:
- Lazy eye exercises, such as eye-hand coordination and head-eye coordination drills
- Covering up the "good" eye with a patch, thus "forcing" the brain to use and strengthen the weaker lazy eye (a similar effect can be achieved with vision-blurring eye drops in the good eye)
- Visual focusing drills to improve coordination and function of both eyes and the brain
Meet with Our Optometrist For Amblyopia Treatment Today
Do you believe your child is struggling with amblyopia or lazy eye? Call Visionary Eye Care of Lutz to schedule an appointment with a leading optometrist in the Tampa, Florida area. We're happy to provide a full range of comprehensive vision and eye care services for the whole family. Contact us now by calling (813) 425-9596.