Lazy Eye Specialist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC -  - Ophthalmologist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC

Ophthalmologists located in Woodstock, VA & Winchester, VA

Has your child been complaining of trouble seeing or displaying symptoms of lazy eye, wandering eye, or excessive squinting? While it’s more common in children, lazy eye can affect anyone. Dr. Seager, at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC in Woodstock and Winchester, Virginia, is an expert at treating these conditions. Dr. Seager will develop a treatment plan for you or your child. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Lazy Eye Q & A

What is a lazy eye?

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a condition in which you have reduced or blurry vision, usually out of one eye. With lazy eye, you may also experience loss of depth perception.

Lazy eye typically happens when the brain favors one eye over the other, causing the less favored eye to be weakened. The most common causes of this condition are:

Strabismus

Strabismus is a muscle imbalance that causes the eyes to misalign. In addition to lazy eye, strabismus can lead to the eyes crossing or turning out.

Refractive anisometropia

Refractive anisometropia is a condition in which one eye has much sharper vision than the other. When caught early, corrective lenses can fix this problem before it causes lazy eye.

Deprivation of clear vision

When one eye can’t see as well as the other the strong eye may overcompensate, leading to lazy eye.

Who gets a lazy eye?

Lazy eye most often shows up between infancy and age 7 as a result of abnormal development. Children are more at risk for a lazy eye if they:

  • Were born prematurely
  • Have developmental disabilities
  • Were born smaller than average
  • Have a family history of lazy eye

What are the symptoms of lazy eye?

If you notice your child doing or reporting any of the following, they may have a lazy eye:

  • Squinting or shutting one eye to see better
  • Tilting their head
  • Poor depth perception

They may also have a lazy eye if you notice:

  • One of their eyes wanders inward or outward
  • Their eyes don’t seem to work together

To determine whether or not your child has a lazy eye, Dr. Seager can perform a vision screening test and an eye exam.

How do you correct lazy eye?

To correct a lazy eye, Dr. Seager may prescribe:

  • Eye patches
  • Corrective lenses
  • Surgery
  • Eye drops
  • Bangerter filters

If you or your child have symptoms of lazy eye, book an appointment with Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC as soon as possible. The earlier you’re able to treat lazy eye, the better. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.