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Posted on 10-04-2017
Approximately 3 out of every 100 children struggle with a vision problem known as amblyopia, although you may have heard of it before as "lazy eye." While lazy eye can technically affect a person at any age, it is believed to begin in childhood during periods of important visual development. It occurs when the brain and the eyes aren't able to communicate as well as they should.
If left untreated, childhood amblyopia can lead to visual impairments in adulthood, so early identification and treatment are key. Knowing the signs of lazy eye is an important part of treatment, so in addition to taking your children to the eye doctor on a regular basis, you should look out for the key symptoms: namely, a vision that is worse in one eye and poor depth perception. Your child, for instance, may complain of seeing double or having difficulty reading, seeing the television, or playing sports.
Certain other eye conditions may also cause or present with amblyopia, including eye misalignment (strabismus), nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Unlike certain other kinds of vision impairments, the lazy eye can't be corrected with just prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, those these may be used as tools within your child's vision correction plan. Working closely with you and your child's pediatrician, our optometry team may recommend eye surgery, eye exercises, and patching of the "strong" eye (which forces the lazy eye to get stronger).
At our optometry clinic, our El Paso optometrist team strongly advises every local parent to bring their children in for routine eye exams in order to promote an optimal vision for the school, sports, and life. If you're concerned about your child's eyesight or would like to learn more about our comprehensive eye care services, call the University Vision Centre today at 915-533-1811. When you call, be sure to ask us about our current special offers for new and existing patients.
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