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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.

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Can Parents Spot Signs of Lazy Eye?

Don’t let lazy eye cause problems for your child in school

Known officially as amblyopia, lazy eye occurs when one of your child’s eyes doesn’t develop properly. When left untreated, it can lead to permanent vision damage. So how can you know if your child has lazy eye? It’s simple. The best way to diagnose lazy eye is by booking a kids eye exam at Advanced Eyecare Center with our experienced Manhattan Beach, California, eye doctor.

Causes of lazy eye

This kids’ vision problem typically starts when one eye focuses better than the other. Sometimes, that’s because one eye is more farsighted or has more astigmatism than the other. Consequently, your child’s brain receives both a clear image and a fuzzy one. It begins to ignore the blurred images in favor of the sharp ones, and over time vision in the worse eye deteriorates further.

Sometimes, a child’s eyes are physically misaligned – one eye can turn in or out. This is termed strabismus, and it can also lead to amblyopia. Because of the misalignment, kids can’t team their eyes to focus together on an object, so they often see double. In order to clearly see and process visual information correctly, such as when learning to read in school, the brain ignores the images sent from the misaligned eye. As a result, vision in the lazy eye worsens.

Another cause of lazy eye can be because kids can’t see well out of one eye due to an abnormality that blocks light from getting through. A small amount of blood or other tissue in the back of the eye or a cataract could be the culprit.

Diagnosing lazy eye

A comprehensive, dilated eye exam in our Manhattan Beach, California, eye care center is the only reliable way to diagnose lazy eye. Because amblyopia cannot always be seen from the outside (in contrast to strabismus), this condition can sometimes be tricky for parents to notice, especially in young kids. Without having an eye doctor check visual acuity in both eyes, it’s difficult to confirm a diagnosis of lazy eye.

When kids can’t see clearly, school becomes a frustrating experience. To help prevent learning and behavioral problems in school, it’s essential to bring your child for a kids eye exam before starting elementary school. If amblyopia runs in your family, it’s important to tell the eye doctor.

The eye doctor will check that both eyes see equally well, each eye moves properly, and that nothing is blocking light from reaching the back of the eye.

Signs for parents to look for

Although the diagnosis of lazy eye can only be verified by a qualified eye care professional, there are a few clues for which parents should be on the lookout, such as:

  • Clumsiness – a child with lazy eye usually has trouble with depth perception, which affects coordination
  • Learning difficulties in school – sometimes, a child who is having problems learning to read or write may be suffering from a vision condition (and not a learning disability)
  • An eye that appears to wander
  • Squinting or shutting one eye
  • Head tilting
  • Abnormal results of vision screening in school

Risk factors for lazy eye

A few factors are associated with a higher risk of lazy eye, such as small birth weight, premature birth, family history, and developmental disabilities. If your child has any of these risk factors, be sure to mention it to our Manhattan Beach, California, eye doctor at your next kids eye exam.

Treatment for lazy eye

First, any visual acuity problems (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) must be corrected. Then, vision therapy is the most common treatment for lazy eye. By practicing a series of custom-designed eye exercises, your child’s brain is forced to start using the weak eye. Usually, the eye doctor will give your kid a patch to wear over the strong eye in order to strengthen the eye muscles of the weak eye. Once vision is determined to be normal, the patch will not need to be worn any longer.

In cases where lazy eye is caused by strabismus or cataracts, surgery may be necessary.

Schedule a kids eye exam to detect or rule out lazy eye

Why wonder if your child has amblyopia or not, when a comprehensive eye exam can give you a proper diagnosis? Untreated lazy eye can lead to permanent vision loss. Instead of taking risks, book an appointment for your kid with our Manhattan Beach, California, eye doctor to inspect for lazy eye and the presence of any other pediatric vision conditions.


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.

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