What is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is a condition in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, even with the use of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Amblyopia starts in infancy or early childhood and usually affects only one eye. According to The National Eye Institute, amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in children, affecting two to three out of every 100 children. Unless treated properly early in childhood, amblyopia will usually continue into adulthood.
Early Detection and Treatment
Because amblyopia is usually a problem of vision development in infants, symptoms can be hard to detect and may not be evident without an eye exam. Watch for these signs in infants:
- Eyes that appear to not work together
- An eye that wanders inward or outward
- Squinting or shutting an eye
- Poor depth perception
- Head tilting
If you notice any of these symptoms or other signs of eye misalignment, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for a children’s eye exam immediately with Aucello EyeCare Center. Lazy eye needs to be detected and treated at a young age and treated promptly if reduced vision is to be avoided. Left untreated, lazy eye can cause serious visual disability in the affected eye.
The American Optometric Association and American Ophthalmological Association both recommend that all children should have their first eye examination at around 9 months of age. Do this whether there are any noticeable problems or not. It is very important to have your child’s eyes examined to make sure they have normal vision in both eyes and both eyes function properly together.
Schedule an Eye Exam now!
Contact us now to schedule an eye exam for your infant or child or any member of your family. We welcome all – young, old or in between! We offer the some of the most convenient office hours and appointment times in Hartford County with extended weekday and weekend hours.
Call our Newington office at (860) 667-2020 and our South Windsor office at (860) 644-4362. Someone will be there to answer your call 7 days a week. You can also fill out our new patient form to request for appointment. We accept most insurance plans are always ready to accept new patients.