Lazy eye is a condition known as amblyopia. This condition is characterized by poor vision in one or both eyes. It is a situation that is not correctable by eyeglasses or contact lenses.
It also is not a symptom of an eye disease. Rather it is a result of interrupted visual development. This is a condition that takes place usually starting during early childhood from birth age to seven years of age.
There are ways to identify lazy eye in yourself or your child. The first way to identify it would be to understand what lazy eye is not. For instance, having lazy eye is not the same as being crossed eye or turned eye.
Here are some eye inspection tips that will help you, especially if you are attempting to identify this problem in a child:
- You can fine a pen or other bright-colored object.
- Tell your child to concentrate on the pen or other reference open (to look at it).
- Then, when you move the object in front of your child’s face
- Tell your child to follow the pen/object with his or her eyes.
- Have your child follow the object firs to the left, then to the right, and then stop at the center.
- After the above steps, then cover one of your child’s eyes and move the object in the same way as above. The same step should be repeated with the other eye.
The objective of the above steps is to find out if one eye is moving slower than the other. You can also identify lazy eye by the symptoms presented in the next section.
Just so you know, people do not always know that they have lazy eye until they are older. In any case, the characteristics of this condition include poor depth perception, poor spatial acuity, low sensitivity to contrast, and binocular vision problems.
The first step towards treating lazy eye is seeing your doctor. The proper testing is what will help your doctor determine your real diagnosis.
Amblyopia is one of the most common types of lazy eye. One of the most common ways to take care of this issue is to get glasses that have a specific type of lens.
Of course, the purpose of the eyeglasses is to help restore focus. Another way to deal with amblyopia is to use an eye patch, which is supposed to help correct the impaired eye.
Vision therapy is also a treatment option. The objective here is to help train the affected eye to work the way it used to. By the way the reason for the impairment in a lazy is often is because the brain fails to use the eye simply because the vision might be blurry in that eye.
Usually a variety of vision exercises help restore vision. This also is true of the corrective lenses.
You are reminded that the lazy eye should be corrected as early as possible. Early detection is one reason why it is highly advised to have your children’s eyes inspected on a regular basis.