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Lazy Eye Overview

Our eyes are special and unique and there are certain issues that can affect them from a young age. Lazy eye is one such disorder. Lazy eye is more common than you might imagine and taking the time to learn a bit more about it can help you learn how to properly treat it. For those in the Phoenix, AZ area, Eye Doctors of Arizona can help you to get the care your eyes need.

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What is a Lazy Eye?

Lazy eye, or amblyopia is a disorder in which the brain does not process the input from one eye or other as quickly as it does with the other eye. This eye is going to have trouble with overall vision and may not have any outward signs that there is anything wrong. A lazy eye does affect the overall vision of the person that is dealing with it.

There are a few different types of lazy eye, the first is refractive, strabismic, deprivation, reverse and more. Refractive amblyopia is a condition in which there are refractive problems with light. Strabismic has to do with the eye that is deviating being suppressed by the brain. And the other types also have to do with the eye being less strong than the other eye.

What are the Symptoms of Lazy Eye?

There are a few different symptoms that you can look for if you feel that your eye may be lazy or if you do feel that your child might be suffering. The first is an increased prescription in the affected eye. You might also notice that your depth perception is off, that one eye is weaker than the other and the eye can also wander or go either toward the nose or out toward the side. This is a problem that does develop over time, it is not going to come up immediately from one day to the other and it does get worse over time if it is not identified and treated.

How is Lazy Eye Treated?

Your optometrist can help you to get your lazy eye treatment and can help to stop the progression of the lazy eye and make it correctable with lenses. An eye doctor is likely going to be able to detect that an eye is in fact a lazy eye based on the prescription in that eye. If one eye is much worse than the other, odds are you have amblyopia.

With children treating with a patch is a great option to force the brain to use the weaker eye and to help strengthen it. Your doctor may also suggest surgery in serious cases to help correct the muscle if the eye has turned. For those in the Phoenix, AZ area, you can visit Eye Doctors of Arizona at whellermdpa.com for more information. 

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