What Is Amblyopia and What Causes It?

Amblyopia treatmentsAmblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition in which one eye does not work as it normally should. This causes the brain to only work the eye that is functioning normally. This can lead to unequal vision which can also lead to other problems and issues. Fortunately, there is Amblyopia treatments available to help you see better. Here is everything you need to know about Amblyopia. 

What Is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia is a vision impairment condition that typically occurs in childhood from abnormal vision development. While it commonly occurs in just one eye, it can occur in both eyes in rare circumstances. Amblyopia is often referred to as lazy eye. The eye is not actually lazy, but it just doesn’t function the way it is supposed to. 

Amblyopia Symptoms & Signs

While you may be able to notice Amblyopia by just glancing at the eye, here are a few common signs and symptoms you can be on the lookout for:

  • Independent eye movement
  • Poor depth perception
  • Frequent rubbing or squirting in one eye

When looking for Amblyopia in a child’s behavior, these are telltale signs of a possible issue. You can also take your child to an examination with a professional doctor to help figure out the issue.

Causes of Amblyopia

Amblyopia typically occurs due to an underlying condition, such as when the brain decides to receive and send signals to one eye more than the other. This event usually takes place within the first 10 years of a child’s life.

Types of Amblyopia

There are three main known causes of Amblyopia which are Refractive Amblyopia, Strabismic Amblyopia, and Deprivation Amblyopia. These types of Amblyopia include cross-eyedness, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, as well as one eye not working as well as the other.

Contact Us Today!

At Richens Eye Center, located in St. George, UT, we value each individual patient and believe that everyone deserves the best eyesight possible. With state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we strive to provide the best service and results possible. If you’re interested in Amblyopia treatment, give us a call today at 435-986-2020 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us at www.richenseyecenter.com for more information.

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