Pediatric Vision Specialists
Pediatric Optometrist located in Pella, IA
A lazy eye, the most common cause of vision loss in kids, appears in about 3% of children. If you notice that one of your child’s eyes drifts out of place or doesn’t focus, it’s time to bring them in for an exam with pediatric specialist Dr. Bre Scott, at Pediatric Vision Specialists in Pella, Iowa. She frequently treats prevents permanent vision problems through the treatment of lazy eyes. Call or click online to book your child’s next eye exam at Pediatric Vision Specialists today.
Lazy Eye Q & A
A lazy eye, also called amblyopia, is a condition that most often appears before age 7. It happens when one of your child’s eyes is weaker than the other (it rarely occurs in both) and starts to wander off track. As this happens, your child’s brain ignores the signals from the weaker eye and focuses entirely on the vision from the healthier eye.
Because your child’s brain puts all of its focus on the healthy eye, it neglects a lazy eye. Soon,the lazy eye’s development slows even further and doesn’t develop normal, clear vision. If you catch signs of the condition early, Dr. Bre can treat it and bring the lazy eye up to speed.
There are several possible causes of a lazy eye, making it a relatively common eye condition in kids. Common underlying causes of a lazy eye’s poor communication with the brain include:
- Muscle imbalances
- An eye disease in one eye only (e.g. cataracts)
- A large prescription difference between the two eyes
A lazy eye can run in families and is more common in children who were born prematurely or have developmental disabilities.
Does a lazy eye cause any symptoms?
It's important for you to bring your child in for treatment at Pediatric Vision Specialists if you see any signs or symptoms of a lazy eye, such as:
- Poor depth perception
- Head tilting
- Eyes that don’t look in the same direction
- Constant squinting
- Closing one eye entirely
In some cases, none of these symptoms are evident enough to cause concern. With a pediatric eye exam, Dr. Bre can catch the condition at an early stage.
A lazy eye is treatable, especially if you detect it early. Dr. Bre meticulously examines your child’s eyes to find the underlying causes of a lazy eye. She creates an individualized treatment plan that suits you and your child’s needs and preferences. It might include:
- Wearing a patch over the healthy eye
- Specialized glasses
- Medicated eye drops that blur the healthy eye
- Vision Therapy
Blurring or covering your child’s healthy eye gives a lazy eye a chance to catch up. Your child’s brain focuses its energy on seeing through a lazy eye without relying on the eye that already functions well.
Even if your child’s vision improves with treatment, you may need to continue visiting Pediatric Vision Specialists for follow-up care to make sure a lazy eye doesn’t return. As long as you follow the treatment plan closely and start it before age 7, your child has a high chance of recovery from a lazy eye.
If you suspect that one of your child’s eyes is weaker than the other, don’t hesitate to book your appointment at Pediatric Vision Specialists by phone or online today.