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Be On The Lookout For Lazy Eye

Lazy eye, or amblyopia, occurs when one eye has poorer visual acuity or visual skills than the other due to incorrect eye development in early childhood. What many parents may not know is that if left untreated, lazy eye can lead to a permanent loss of vision.

So how can you know if your child has lazy eye? It’s simple. The best way to confirm or rule out a lazy eye diagnosis is through a comprehensive eye exam. If you suspect your child may have lazy eye or any other visual problem, contact Advanced Eyecare Center to schedule your child’s eye exam.

What are Some Signs of Lazy Eye?

Although diagnosing lazy eye can only be done by a qualified eye care professional, there are a few clues that parents can look out for:

  • Apparent clumsiness – a child with lazy eye often has trouble with depth perception and may therefore lack some coordination that can be mistaken for clumsiness.
  • Learning difficulties in school – any child who is having problems with academic achievement should be brought to their eye doctor to rule out an underlying visual problem that may be causing or contributing to their learning challenges.
  • An eye that appears to wander, especially if the child is tired or stressed
  • Squinting or shutting one eye
  • Head tilting
  • Abnormal results of vision screening offered at school. It’s important to note that children with amblyopia can still pass a school vision-screening test, since those tests usually only check for visual acuity (how clearly a child can see distant objects).

Certain factors are associated with a higher risk of lazy eye, such as low birth weight, premature birth, a family history of visual problems, and developmental disabilities. If your child has any of these risk factors, be sure to mention it at their next eye exam.

How We Can Help

The first step in treating lazy eye is to have the child undergo a comprehensive eye exam and correct any problems of visual acuity. If we determine that your child has lazy eye, we may recommend that your child visit a vision therapist.

So why wait and wonder if your child has lazy eye? Call to schedule your child’s eye exam today in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Michael Hansen O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

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