According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, between two percent and four percent of the United States population has a condition called amblyopia. More commonly known as “lazy eye,” this condition can impact a person’s depth perception and overall vision. Here is what you should know.
What Is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is a term used to describe a condition where there is a reduction in the vision in one eye. This condition is a developmental problem in the nerve that connects the eye to the brain and can result in partial or total blindness. Those who have this condition are likely to experience problems related to reading, depth perception, and driving.
What Causes Amblyopia?
Several factors can contribute to the development of a lazy eye. Some of the most common include:
- Having an obstruction of vision early on during childhood, such as ptosis or cataracts
- Significant eye prescription differences between the two eyes due to astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness
Due to the fact that the majority of patients develop amblyopia during infancy, the symptoms can be difficult to detect.
What Are Treatment Options for Amblyopia?
Several treatment options are available to help those who suffer from amblyopia. These include:
Eyeglasses: These can help to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism for patients.
Cataract Surgery: This treatment can help patients in cases where amblyopia is caused by a cataract.
Eye Drops: Atropine eye drops can be used to improve blurry vision in the eye that is unaffected by lazy eye.
Surgery for Drooping Eyelid: This treatment may be viable in cases where amblyopia is a result of a droopy eyelid impacting the vision.
To determine the most appropriate treatment option, you should schedule a consultation with our team at Abraham Eye Associates.
Schedule a Consultation To Discuss Your Options
Our team at Abraham Eye Associates can help determine the most appropriate treatment options available based on your specific circumstances. To explore your options, contact our team at (484) 209-0800 to schedule an appointment at our Villanova, PA, office.
Our team is committed to making a personal connection with each patient in order to ensure a long and fruitful medical relationship that ultimately leads to healthy vision for life. We encourage you to contact our team today to find the right treatment plan for you.