Lazy Eye

Friday, May 08, 2015

Lazy eye is a vision development disorder in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity. It begins during infancy and early childhood. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is decreased vision that results from abnormal visual development in infancy and early childhood.

Although lazy eye usually affects only one eye, it can affect both eyes. The condition is the leading cause of decreased vision among children. Left untreated, vision loss may range from mild to severe.

With lazy eye, there may not be an obvious abnormality of the eye. Lazy eye develops when nerve pathways between the brain and the eye arent properly stimulated. As a result, the brain favors one eye, usually due to poor vision in the other eye. The weaker eye tends to wander.

Signs and symptoms of lazy eye include:

An eye that wanders inward or outward

Eyes that may not appear to work together, and

Poor depth perception

Sometimes lazy eye is not evident without an eye exam. Usually doctors can correct lazy eye with eye patches, eye drops, and glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, lazy eye requires surgical treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.