How “Lazy Eyes” Can Be Corrected

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A person with a “lazy eye” (or amblyopia) has one eye that tends to drift off instead of focusing on the object they are looking at. This usually happens because the muscle that controls the eye is too weak. Typically, lazy eyes manifest themselves during early childhood. If addressed quickly, we can actually correct this condition. Here’s how.

Eye Training

Correcting a lazy eye can actually be quite simple; it is just a matter of training and strengthening the weaker eye. This is done by covering the strong eye with a patch, forcing the weaker eye to work harder to focus on objects. At first, your child may struggle to see with their weaker eye, but it is very important that they continue wearing the patch.

The eye patch should be worn for as long as your optometrist instructs, as it can take weeks or even months to see an improvement. However, over time, when the weak eye becomes the only eye being used, it will naturally correct and strengthen itself until it functions just as well as the stronger eye. At this point, the patch can be removed.

Other Issues

Lazy eye can often be caused by other issues in the weaker eye, such as a cataract. Your optometrist will look for and correct these types of issues before proceeding with treatment for the lazy eye.

When it comes to lazy eyes, early correction is vital. If the weaker eye is left untreated, its drifting can become permanent, and correction is nearly impossible.

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