Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a condition in which a person has trouble seeing in one eye. This condition begins in childhood and worsens until age 12, when it stabilizes. Left untreated, it can cause a loss of vision because the nerve pathways running between the eye and the brain atrophy, or waste away.
Ophthalmologists at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone treat children with amblyopia quickly to prevent a permanent vision disturbance. They also treat adults who have had the condition since childhood to address any cosmetic effects.
Treatment for Lazy Eye
Treatment focuses on strengthening vision in the lazy eye and preventing complications. Depending on your child’s situation, your pediatric ophthalmologist may prescribe eyeglasses or patch therapy, medication, or surgery.
Nonsurgical Treatment for Lazy EyeEyeglasses and occlusive therapy, in which use of the healthy eye is restricted, may help manage lazy eye.
Medication for Lazy EyeMedicated eye drops encourage children to rely more on a lazy eye, helping it become stronger.
Surgery for Lazy EyeSurgery can correct lazy eye in children with cataracts or strabismus, commonly known as crossed eyes.
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