Amblyopia is a common vision problem that primarily affects children. At our Eyewear Studio, our Thorold ON eye doctor can diagnose and treat amblyopia if your child is found to have this eye condition which will most likely not be diagnosed during a school’s vision screening.
When a person has amblyopia, it means that one eye sees in a blurred fashion, and the other has a normal view. What happens over time is that the brain will learn to only pay attention to the normal view, and will begin to ignore any images that the blurred eye sends to the brain. Over time, the brain will learn to completely ignore images sent from the weakened eye and the child will actually experience vision loss in the eye. Amblyopia is commonly referred to as lazy eye. It is the leading cause of vision loss for children. If a young child is experiencing poor vision, the vision centers will not develop correctly and end up affecting how well the eye is able to function over the years. Strabismus, which is an eye misalignment, can cause lazy eye. If a child has amblyopia, wearing glasses can improve their vision, but it will not improve it completely. The patient may also need to be treated by patching the normal eye for a certain amount of time each day, so that the brain learns to work with the weaker eye; this will indeed make the weaker eye stronger. The sooner amblyopia is treated, the easier it is to have the vision corrected. In fact, children as young as one week old can actually wear eyeglasses to help correct this vision problem. However, if your child is older, it may still not be too late to treat the amblyopia. Our Thorold ON eye doctor can discuss treatment options for your child, if amblyopia is indeed diagnosed.
For an appointment for you or your child to see our Thorold ON eye doctor for a complete vision exam, and amblyopia treatment, simply contact our office for an appointment.