For parents who have just received a diagnosis that their child has lazy eye, there’s generally a sense of panic. Most parents rush to the computer to search for answers about lazy eye in children. As you begin to research the condition, here are 15 things to keep in mind:
- Lazy eye, or “amblyopia,” is often confused with strabismus, which is an eye turn. Lazy eye is when the brain rejects the image from one eye, but the eyes may not be crossed.
- Lazy eye is caused by poor binocular vision.
- Lazy eye is reversible with patching and therapy, unlike structural damage that may occur due to eye health problems. Instead of the problem being the physical structure responsible for vision, it has to do with the signals the brain is receiving from that structure.
- The brain can “turn off” the image it is being sent by the lazy eye.
- Lazy eye will affect a child’s ability to see in three dimensions.
- The lazy eye’s acuity, or ability to see clearly, eventually becomes worse when the brain rejects the signal.
- Improving the acuity is just the first step to overcoming amblyopia. The eyes must also be retrained to work together.
- Strabismus (eye turn) can result in amblyopia, as the brain turns off the signal from the turned eye.
- If your child is clumsy, their poor gross motor coordination may be related to their lazy eye. Lazy eye is a sign of poor vision development, and the visual system leads the way in gross and fine motor development.
- Amblyopia may not always be detected at a vision screening.
- Even over the age of eight children can benefit from treatment for lazy eye. Adults with lazy eye can also benefit from the treatment.
- You can use non-invasive measures, or vision therapy, to treat amblyopia.
- The misconception that a child’s vision could not be corrected past the “critical period” was due to misinterpreted scientific research.
- The circuitry of the brain, which affects amblyopia, can be changed at any age.
- Patching alone may result in only a short-term fix because the underlying binocular vision problem is not being addressed.
These are important concepts to understand as you begin to seek out your treatment options. We encourage you to learn more about them in order to pursue the most effective plan. Please download our report for more in-depth details.
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