What does it mean to have a lazy eye?
Also known as Amblyopia, Lazy Eye is a condition in which the eyesight in one of your eyes doesn’t develop normally. Typically, this occurs in just one eye, but it is possible for both eyes to be affected.
A person with a lazy eye will be unable to focus with both of their eyes. The eye with the impaired vision won’t receive clear images, and the other eye will attempt to make up for the problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of a lazy eye?
- The eyes don’t seem to work together
- Poor depth perception
- Blurred vision
- One eye often moves in a different direction than the other
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Can it be corrected?
Yes, there are a number of options available to help correct a lazy eye:
- Glasses: Most people’s eye doctors will recommend corrective lenses
- Wearing a patch: Placing a patch over the good eye has been found to force the lazy eye to work harder and correct itself
- Playing Tetris: Yes, we’re serious. Researchers have found that the game forces both eyes to work in order to successfully play the game
If you have a lazy eye, it may prevent you from being a candidate for LASIK. If you’re considering LASIK, book an appointment today. We’ll work with you to provide an evaluation and diagnosis, helping to discover whether laser vision correction is the right option for you.