Lazy Eye

Lazy Eye Treatment from Your Marietta, GA Eye Doctor

Vision professionals associate lazy eye, also called amblyopia, as a type of poor vision in one eye that occurs at birth or during childhood.  The most common cause of childhood vision loss, it affects up to three of every 100 U.S. children.  Early diagnosis and lazy eye treatment from our East Cobb Eye Center eye doctor in Marietta, GA helps prevent permanent vision damage.


What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia occurs after a breakdown in how the brain and the eye function together.  As a result, the brain is unable to recognize sight from that eye.  Over an extended period, the brain relies increasingly on the other eye as vision worsens in the first one.  In some patients, farsightedness or astigmatism in the lazy eye results in blurry images the brain cannot interpret.

Once our eye doctor diagnoses a lazy eye, a patient usually already has significantly better vision in the normal eye than in the other one.  Many sufferers experience an eye misalignment leading to double vision or difficulty focusing both eyes at the same time. 

Some affected individuals suffer from crossed eyes, a condition known as strabismus.  Sometimes lazy eye develops after an object such as a cataract or blood blocks light entering the eye.  The following have been identified as risk factors for developing this disorder:

  • Small size at birth
  • Premature birth
  • Family history of lazy eye, childhood cataracts, or other eye problems
  • Developmental disabilities

These common symptoms merit a prompt vision evaluation from our eye doctor:

  • Shutting just one eye
  • Squinting
  • Tilting the head

Lazy Eye Treatment from Our East Cobb Eye Center

Lazy eye treatment has the greatest effect when it promptly follows an amblyopia diagnosis.   Our East Cobb Eye Center doctor of optometry notes that it is impossible for a child to outgrow this disorder.  Achieving the best vision possible requires use of the correct therapy.

Corrective eyewear is appropriate when the cause of lazy eye is a refractive issue such as nearsightedness.  Other options include temporarily patching the eye, surgical removal of a cataract, using prescription eye drops to blur vision in the other eye, and/or vision therapy.

Schedule an Exam with Our Eye Doctor in Marietta, GA

Dr. Melissa Giannamore, our Marietta, GA optometric physician, offers a comprehensive yet personalized approach to care that is ideal for your whole family.  Whether you need prescription eyewear for a refractive problem, lazy eye treatment, or eye disease management and treatment, our East Cobb Eye Center is ready to help with the latest equipment and technology. 

Call our practice today at (770) 642-4001 to schedule an exam with our eye doctor and enjoy the best visual health possible.

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