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Amblyopia or "Lazy Eye"

Amblyopia or Lazy Eye usually develops in early childhood and is a disorder in which the eyes don’t look in exactly the same direction at the same time.  Symptoms include squinting or closing one eye to see things better, poor depth and contrast perception and poor eye sight in general.  It is often difficult to diagnose in children because they don’t know they are having vision problems. 

The crossed eyes occur because the eye muscles don’t work together.  With early treatment this can be corrected.  The most common treatment involves the child wearing an eye patch over the dominant eye until the weaker eye matches the stronger one.  Alternately, a blurred lens or eye drops may be prescribed to prevent the dominant eye from focusing.

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms make an appointment for an evaluation today.  Call 229-432-7012.