Our Bronx pediatric eye doctor at Park Professional Eyecare, is expert in the evaluation and treatment for lazy eye. Dr. Paternoster will be able give you a great eye exam which will include screening for the major eye diseases and eye conditions. One of the conditions he sees in many patients is amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye.
Amblyopia is a fairly common condition in children. Our Bronx pediatric eye doctor can explain that amblyopia happens when vision does not develop properly in one eye. If this condition is not diagnosed in the child, and subsequently left untreated, the child will never be able to enjoy correct vision in the affected eye. As the child’s brain matures, it will learn to ignore the image that it receives from the bad eye, and instead rely only on the vision coming from the good eye. This will in turn lead to a weakening of the bad eye, and possibly other problems including poor depth perception.
Amblyopia usually develops in a couple of ways. One way is when one of a child’s eyes has much better focus than the other. The brain learns to rely on one eye, and as this goes on for years, the eye with the poor vision will become even worse. Another way lazy eye will develop is when one eye is misaligned and turns either inward or outward. The eyes are unable to focus together on one image; this may result in double vision. Again, the brain ignores images from the misaligned eye, and ultimately its vision deteriorates. This misalignment causes some people to call the condition “lazy eye.” Once diagnosed, amblyopia can be corrected by forcing the brain to use the bad eye. First any underlying problems in the eye are corrected, and then a patch is worn over the good eye. It can be difficult for the child to just use the weaker eye, however it is critical to do because this is what will ultimately cause the vision to improve. Treatment may take weeks or months. Close monitoring by an eye doctor is essential during this process. Eventually the vision will improve to the point that the patch no longer needs to be worn. If surgeries are needed to correct vision problems in the poor eye, such as cataract surgery or surgery to fix a weak eye muscle, these surgeries will be discussed with you by your eye doctor. If you think your child is experiencing vision problems, make an appointment today to visit our Bronx pediatric eye doctor.
Pediatric Optometrist Bronx
1250 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, NY 10461