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Posted on 11-16-2016

How Do I Know if I Have a Lazy Eye? Advice From Your Yakima Optometrist

Lazy eye is a common problem for many people that can be managed by your local Washington Vision Therapy optometrist. Resulting from a developmental problem affecting the visual area of the brain, amblyopia (lazy eye) typically occurs in one eye instead of both eyes and interferes with normal depth perception, vision acuity and perception of motion. Lazy eye is also the most frequently diagnosed, neurological deficiency of vision in preschool and school-age children and adults. 

woman being treated by yakima optometrist

Signs & Symptoms of Lazy Eye

Amblyopia can exist without obvious signs of the disorder, since the "good" eye often makes up for vision problems experienced by the "lazy" eye. This happens with the brain simply stops interpreting ambiguous visual signals coming from the lazy eye and only interprets signals sent by the "good" eye.

For pre-verbal children with amblyopia, signs of lazy eye include having eyes that do not seem to synchronize when focusing on objects and abnormal squinting. Older children with lazy eye may complain of blurry or double vision. They may also seem clumsier than other children their age due to having poor depth perception.

How Your Yakima Optometrist Diagnoses Lazy Eye

A standard, 20/20 eye chart test is not comprehensive enough to accurately diagnose amblyopia. Your Washington Vision Therapy optometrist has the diagnostic tools essential for detecting lazy eye, such as highly specialized visual acuity exams and the use of cycloplegic eye drops for temporarily paralyzing the area around the lens. These eye drops allow your optometrist to fully evaluate vision problems arising from a suspected lazy eye disorder.

Since amblyopia is not correctable with prescription lenses, detecting lazy eye in children is critical to beginning vision therapy as soon as possible. Many children entering school experience poor academic performance unnecessarily because they were not properly evaluated for lazy eye. In addition, untreated lazy could cause later vision loss, reduced depth perception and impaired 3-D vision abilities.

Vision Therapy in Yakima for Lazy Eye

Vision therapy is therapy for the brain's impaired visual center. Consisting of activities for improving focus of the lazy eye and for optimizing synchronization of both eyes, vision therapy offers excellent cure rates for children with lazy eye compared to eyeglasses, patching or surgery.

To learn more about lazy eye or to schedule an appointment with your Yakima or Kennewick optometrist, call Washington Vision Therapy Center today!

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