Posted on 17 Jul 2018
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Many parents who take their children to an Austin vision center develop a sense of concern when they first hear that their child has a lazy eye. This can lead them to research, checking out books at the library and scouring the internet. While there are plenty of great resources for information about pediatric eye care, it is important for parents to be sure they have reliable information. Below are ten things that surprise parents when they begin learning about lazy eye.

  1. Lazy eye can be corrected easily with patching and therapy. This is because the problem is not in the structure of the eye, but rather the signal the brain receives from the eye.
  2. The brain can be trained to turn off the signal sent from the lazy eye.
  3. Lazy eye, or amblyopia, can limit a child’s ability to see three dimensions.
  4. Vision therapy is an effective, non-invasive way to treat lazy eye.
  5. Lazy eye can lead to clumsiness due to poor gross motor coordination.
  6. When the brain turns off the signal coming from the lazy eye, it can affect the eye’s acuity.
  7. There is a common misconception that a child’s vision cannot be corrected past the age of eight. In fact, the brain’s circuitry, which affects the lazy eye, can be altered at any age, so it is never too old to address amblyopia.
  8. Lazy eye is a problem with binocular vision and both eyes need to be trained to work together to overcome amblyopia.
  9. Sometimes using an eyepatch is not enough and provides only a short-term solution. Instead, the problem with binocular vision must be addressed.
  10. Lazy eye can be the result of eye turn, or strabismus. This occurs when the brain turns off the signal coming from the turned eye.

Seeking vision care in Austin is the first step to addressing issues that could negatively impact a child’s scholastic success. If you have any further questions regarding amblyopia, vision therapy, or would like to set up an appointment or consultation at Austin Vision Therapy Center, call (512) 331-7288.