Amblyopia Services from Your Optometrist in
Colorado Springs, CO
Amblyopia is more commonly known as a lazy eye, and this disorder typically develops during early childhood. Many parents will notice the symptoms in their child’s eyes but are unsure of how to treat this condition. Our Colorado Springs optometrist can provide effective treatment during an eye exam at our Alpine Vision practice and lower the risk of reduced vision from a myriad of other conditions.
Overview of Amblyopia
As many as 3 in 100 children develop amblyopia. Children with this disorder suffer from a breakdown of how the brain and the eye function in tandem. As a result, the brain is unable to recognize sight from the affected eye. The unaffected eye becomes stronger as it assumes more of the workload.
It is sometimes hard for parents to recognize amblyopia symptoms. Children with depth perception problems might express difficulty judging the distance of objects. Common signs that a child is having trouble seeing include:
- Tilting the head
- Shutting one eye
In some cases, amblyopia is present at birth. Children in the following situations have elevated risk factors for developing the disorder at some point:
- Premature birth
- Small birth size
- Family history of amblyopia, cataracts in childhood, or certain other eye issues
- Developmental disabilities
Often the cause of amblyopia remains unknown. One frequent cause is strabismus, which results in crossed eyes.
The key to assuring the best vision possible is bringing a child to our practice for comprehensive vision exams and recommended therapy. Amblyopia is not a condition that heals with time or can be outgrown, it requires treatment from a medical professional.
Treatment from Our Optometry Practice
Our Colorado Springs optometrist notes that early diagnosis of amblyopia is the key to the most effective treatment. When the cause is strabismus, eye patching and vision therapy from our optometry practice can help eyes work together.
Sometimes patients develop the disorder even with perfect eye alignment because one eye has an uncorrected refraction error. Eyewear to correct the patient’s nearsightedness or farsightedness is the standard treatment. Our doctor might recommend surgery when a cataract is present.
Eye drops are more suitable for younger patients than patches. The eyedrops will force the brain to work with the weaker eye by blurring vision in the stronger one. Older children and adults sometimes profit from computer applications that stimulate vision improvements.
Schedule an Exam with Our Colorado Springs Optometrist
Our Alpine Vision optometry practice in Colorado Springs offers patients state-of-the-art technology and professional care in a friendly setting. Our optometrist offers services such as dispensing eyewear and treating eye emergencies and certain diseases. Be sure to call us today at 719-520-3333 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our two additional locations.