Has vision decreased in one of your child's eyes? This may be a sign of amblyopia. At Pearland Eye Care in Houston, we can provide a comprehensive exam to determine if your child is suffering from amblyopia. After diagnosis, we will create an effective treatment plan to manage the condition. We are dedicated to helping our patients maintain their eye health and vision for optimal performance throughout daily life.
What Is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is also known as lazy eye. This condition can occur during the early development years from birth to age seven. Amblyopia causes visual disturbances and reduced vision in one eye. This weaker eye can oftentimes wander either inward or outward. Although the condition might seem scary or worry parents, it's important to know that it isn't rare, with 3 out of 100 children suffering from the condition.
What Causes Amblyopia?
Amblyopia occurs due to the optic nerve failing to signal and reach the brain. Nerve signals from the eye's retina fail to reach the brain and cause visual disturbances when one eye is weaker than the other. The weak eye soon gets ignored by the brain, which starts to favor the stronger eye. Although amblyopia usually occurs in children, it can develop later on in adults.
Treatment for Amblyopia in Houston
Our optometrists can provide the testing and treatment methods to recognize amblyopia early on and manage the condition. Amblyopia is a treatable condition, and the sooner treatment is started, the better the outcome. Our eye doctors usually treat amblyopia through the use of:
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Eye patches
- Eye drops
- A Bangerter filter
Fortunately, these treatments are successful not just for children but also for adolescents up to age 17.
Other Factors in Treatment
One of our optometrists can also help correct amblyopia by diagnosing co-occurring eye conditions, such as myopia and astigmatism in one eye. Unfortunately, these can eventually lead to lazy eye, so getting proper eye care and annual exams is important in those with these eye disorders.
Contact Us for Eye Care Treatment from Our Optometrists in Houston
Most eye care problems can be easily diagnosed with routine eye care checkups. Even amblyopia can be treated with the help of a professional optometry team. At Pearland Eye Care in Houston, we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain their eye health and vision at any stage of life. Contact us at (713)991-4100 today to explore treatment options available at our office for you or your loved one.