Do you or a loved one have amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye?” You should know that your preferred Lawrence KS optometrist, Crandon & Crandon Optometry, has a great deal of experience diagnosing and treating patients with this condition. If you’re looking for professional assistance for lazy eye, you’ve come to the right optometry center!

What Are the Most Common Types of Amblyopia? 

Doctors have identified three types of amblyopia and we are set up to treat patients with this condition in all of its forms:

  • Deprivation Amblyopia: In this kind of lazy eye, something (such as a congenital cataract) in the eye is preventing light from coming in and focusing inside the eye of an infant.
  • Refractive Amblyopia: With refractive amblyopia, the two eyes may be properly aligned, but one of the eyes has nearsightedness and the other eye has farsightedness, or astigmatism occurs in one eye but not the other.
  • Strabismic Amblyopia: Here, the brain avoids seeing in double vision by trying to ignore input from the eye that is out of alignment. The eye whose signals do not transmit is the lazy eye.

Symptoms of Amblyopia

You should now that it’s not always easy for parents to determine on their own if their child has amblyopia. But some symptoms can be discerned by lay people. For example, if your child has an eye misalignment such as crossed eyes, it’s time to come into the optometrist’s office as soon as possible for an evaluation.

Other symptoms of the lazy eye include the child crying whenever you cover one of his or her eyes. You can see which eye is working properly and which is lazy by covering one eye and then the other while your child reads or is watching a television show.

How Your Optometrist Prevents, Diagnoses and Treats Amblyopia

Your preferred eye doctor can help you diagnose amblyopia by giving you a comprehensive eye exam required.

Diagnosis of amblyopia begins by with a consult with the optometrist and then undergoing a full exam. After diagnosing you with one of the three types of lazy eye, the doctor creates a personalized treatment plan. Options for treatment include surgery designed to straighten out the eyes, orthoptics for vision therapy and eye patches. In some cases, the eye doctor will prescribe prosthetic contact lenses. Another approach is to use eye drops to blur vision in the good eye (to encourage use the lazy eye and to strengthen it.)

Get Help for Your Amblyopia at Crandon & Crandon Optometry

If you suspect that you or your child has amblyopia, it’s time to visit your eye doctor and undergo a thorough eye exam in a warm and supportive optometry facility. To learn more about how we can help with lazy eye or make an appointment for a consultation, get in touch with Crandon & Crandon Optometry today.