The brain and the eye work together to produce vision and Amblyopia occurs when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and brain are not working together properly.
The eye itself looks normal, but is not being used normally because the brain is favouring the other eye. This condition is also sometimes called 'lazy eye'.
Amblyopia is a common concern for the optometrist in relation to children, affecting approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 people.
Sometimes Amblyopia is caused by Strabismus, or turned eyes. Another cause is when one eye is more short-sighted, long-sighted, or astigmatic than the other eye. Occasionally amblyopia is caused by other conditions such as cataracts.
Common symptoms of Amblyopia may include:
Eyes that do not seem to work together
Eyes that turn in or out
Poor vision in one eye
Difficulty judging depth
Children who receive treatment before seven years of age usually have a near complete recovery of normal vision. However, Amblyopia will not go away on its own. If not detected until pre-teen years or later, treatment takes longer and may be less effective. Most cases can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy or, in occasional cases, with surgery.
Your Visique optometrist is trained to check for any causes and also help detect problems such as Amblyopia and to provide treatment where needed. If you have concerns, come in and see the team at Visique Greeton.