What is amblyopia?
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is when one or both eyes have poor vision and the brain favors the eye with the stronger power and ignores the weaker one. This usually develops in infancy or childhood and is brought on by visual impairments, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, misalignment of the eyes (strabismus), or cataracts. Symptoms are not always obvious but may include squinting, covering one eye to see, head titling, difficulty with depth perception, and having crossed eyes. Without early treatment, this condition can lead to long-term vision problems. If you or your child are struggling with amblyopia, contact Baton Rouge Eye Physicians in Baton Rouge, LA to book an appointment.
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Treatments for Amblyopia
Amblyopia is diagnosed with a comprehensive eye exam, and if caught early, patients can expect a full recovery. Depending on the underlying cause and degree of your condition, different therapies may be used. The most common forms of treatment include glasses or contact lenses, eye patches, special filters placed on eyeglasses, medicated eye drops, and surgery. In rare cases, BOTOX may also be used to treat strabismus, which often occurs with lazy eye. For children, improvements are often seen after a few weeks, but for teens and adults, treatment usually takes longer and is not as effective. Maintaining routine eye exams are essential for patients of all ages to detect amblyopia and other vision concerns as early as possible.
prevent lazy eye
Although amblyopia affects patients of all ages, it's more prevalent among children as it usually develops before age six. Studies have shown that roughly 2 – 5% of children in the United States have lazy eye. But with early detection and treatment, this condition can be corrected. If your child is showing signs of amblyopia, contact our team at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians today to schedule an appointment. Our eye clinic is conveniently located in Baton Rouge, LA.