Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
Amblyopia is the medical term for the condition commonly known as lazy eye. Most people associate lazy eye with physical symptoms such as a drooping pupil, but these issues do not always occur. Instead, amblyopia is defined by decreased quality of vision, typically in just one eye. Amblyopia can reduce quality of life due to difficulty seeing correctly, along with self-confidence issues due to physical symptoms.
Amblyopia is very common and very treatable. Request more information about lazy eye treatment today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
A lazy eye often stems from one eye being stronger than the other. This weakens the remaining eye, leading it to “wander” and struggle with focusing. Amblyopia typically has one of three possible causes:
- Refractive amblyopia: During this type of lazy eye, the issue stems from a refractive eye disease that occurs in one eye, but not the other. Examples of refractive eye disease that can lead to amblyopia include myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
- Strabismic amblyopia: This is the most common cause of lazy eye. Here, the issues stem from the muscles that control the positioning of the eye. When one of these muscles is imbalanced, it can cause one or more eye to turn inward.
- Deprivation amblyopia: Here, one eye is suffering from a vision deprivation, such as a cataract. This eye is then used less effectively, leading to amblyopia.
Very rarely, amblyopia may be caused by an underlying eye tumor. Amblyopia is typically present from childhood, where it is most often detected.
The most well-known symptom of amblyopia is the lazy eye itself. People who suffer from the condition commonly have one eye that appears to “wander” or droop inward. However, this physical side effect is not always visible. In these cases, other symptoms of lazy eye will indicate that the condition is present. These include:
- Lowered depth perception.
- Eyes that don't seem to work together.
- Difficulty reading or performing detail-oriented work.
Amblyopia diagnosis can typically be made after a professional eye exam. From there, lazy eye treatment can begin. Like with most eye-health conditions, amblyopia is best treated when it is detected early.
Types of lazy eye treatment include:
- Corrective eyeglasses
- Prescription contacts
- Eye patches
- Surgical eye muscle repair
The best amblyopia treatment varies depending on the individual patient and his or her needs. To provide an example, amblyopia that stems from one eye being slightly stronger than the other may be corrected with an eye patch over the stronger eye for a temporary period. In cases of extreme amblyopia, surgery to strengthen the eye muscles could be necessary.
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Amblyopia can be a difficult and often embarrassing condition to live with. Thankfully, most cases are treatable. Request more information today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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