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Amblyopia

Amblyopia is commonly called Lazy Eye. It begins to develop early in life; in fact, it results when one eye is slower to develop the ability to see than the other. This can occur if the vision in one eye from early childhood is less clear than in the other. Anisometropia is when one eye is much more nearsighted, farsighted, or has more astigmatism than the other, so that one eye sees more clearly than the other. The blurry eye becomes the lazy eye. Amblyopia also occurs when the eyes don’t work together because of Strabismus – when one eye turns in (crossed eyes or Esotropia), or when one eye turns out relative to the other (wall-eyed or Exotropia).  Regardless of the cause early diagnosis and treatment is the only way to prevent amblyopia. THIS IS ONE IMPORTANT REASON WHY YOUR CHILD’S EYES SHOULD BE EXAMINED BEFORE THE AGE OF 3 YEARS.

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Strabismus

If you look directly at an object and one of your eyes is looking in a different direction, you have strabismus. If the eye is turned in, you have esotropia (crossed eyes); if the eye turns out, you have exotropia (wall eyed); if the turned eye points upward or downward it is vertical strabismus. If the amount of the turn is great enough it can be a cosmetic issue. If the same eye is always turned, AMBLYOPIA can result. Strabismics often have poor depth perception; they may see double constantly or intermittently, (diplopia). Strabismics may have any number of problems with eye strain, headaches, or discomfort. If strabismus is present from early childhood there may be few, if any, symptoms.

 

Babies often have an extra fold of skin on their eyelids near the nose. This is called an epicanthalfold. When an epicanthal fold is present, the baby may appear to be cross-eyed, when, in fact, the eyes are straight. Even baby doctors can be fooled by this. If your baby appears to have crossed eyes bring him or her in, we can tell you if treatment is needed or if there is no cause for concern.

Strabismus can be treated with eyeglasses, prismglasses, VISION TRAINING (eye exercises), or with surgery.

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