Amblyopia, more commonly known as lazy eye, is a common eye condition that typically affects children. Essentially, it is when one eye is weaker than the other. Here at Quality Optical of Olney, our Columbia MD eye doctor will work with you and your child to correct this problem and ensure that both eyes are working equally well.
The issue is that your child’s brain is not properly processing the signals coming from one eye. It’s not a dangerous condition. However, it could become permanent if it is ignored for too long. Our Columbia MD eye doctor will strive to help your child’s brain start assigning the same level of priority to your child’s weak eye as his or her strong one. The way it is diagnosed is often as part of a routine eye exam. And if you bring your child in every other year, as is recommended, amblyopia will not have time to become a hazard. Treatment options are designed to strengthen the weaker eye, and there are three ways to do this. First is by having your child wear an eye patch over her or his stronger eye. The second is to apply eye drops to the stronger eye. And the third is a set of eyeglasses in which just the weaker eye is given a prescription. The stronger eye will have a simple, non-prescription lens. In all three cases, the goal is to force your child’s weaker eye to work harder and thereby assist it in forming a more solid connection with the brain. Each is effective, safe, and easy. The best choice will depend on your child’s unique circumstances and preferences.
Your child should be examined by the time he or she reaches school age. While you’re thinking about it, why not call our office and book an appointment for her or him to see our Columbia MD eye doctor?