Children and adults who have a wandering eye may be evaluated for eye concerns and diagnosed with a condition known as amblyopia. The condition, more commonly known as “lazy eye,” is often diagnosed in early childhood by an eye physician. Lazy eye commonly occurs when the brain favors one eye over the other due to improper stimulation of the nerve pathway between the eye and brain. This can cause problems including a wandering eye, poor depth perception, and eyes that do not seem to work together. Patients with amblyopia may also experience poor vision in general due to the lazy eye.
How is lazy eye diagnosed?
In most cases, lazy eye can be diagnosed with an evaluation with an eye care professional. It can often be seen in children, and when properly treated, can often be resolved. A diagnosis of lazy eye may be concerning for children and their parents, but it is important that everyone know there is a way to treat it and improve the condition.
What treatment options are available?
There are several methods of treatment that may be used to address the lazy eye. This may include:
- Wearing eye patches
- Using eye drops
- Wearing special contact lenses or eyeglasses
In more severe situations, patients may need to undergo surgery to correct their condition. However, this is often the last resort treatment, as many individuals can be treated effectively with the use of more traditional treatment methods such as those listed above.
What is the outcome of a lazy eye diagnosis?
When patients seek treatment and comply with treatment recommendations, patients can treat their condition and enjoy the benefits of properly functioning eyes. This can also impact one’s self-confidence, especially if they have lived most of their life with the condition without treatment.
Schedule a visit at Richens Eye Center today
If you are interested in improving your vision for life, we encourage you to visit any one of our three convenient locations in the areas of St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV. Patients can work with Dr. Sharon Richens and her team to address a wide range of eyecare concerns, including lazy eye. Call (435) 986-2020 today and request your appointment.