Lazy Eye Treatment: It's Time To Lead With Innovation

April 2021

Many patients who have been diagnosed with lazy eye are wondering how to get rid of their lazy eye. What is a 'lazy eye'? A lazy eye is otherwise known as amblyopia and it is usually a result from certain conditions as well as other medical treatments. Treatment for amblyopia typically involves using prescribed glasses or contact lenses to correct the vision in one or both eyes, and then using "eye patches" over the correct (or weaker) eye for at least two hours per day for several weeks. Treatment for amblyopia typically works and leads to normal vision in most people. Having one eye that is weaker than the other when it comes to focusing and seeing things has traditionally been known as amblyopia.

Amblyopia is a condition that could last from birth to adulthood. It occurs in an estimated 1% of the population, which is approximately 2 million people (in North America). It can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life due to injury or disease or from certain medical treatments, including:

How does lazy eye affect vision? Both eyes work together to provide you with binocular vision - also called depth perception. When one eye is weak, it will not be able to provide as much information as the other eye. This may be the result of injury or disease, glaucoma (high eye pressure), a condition of the brain called ataxia (loss of muscle coordination), or from certain medical treatments such as :

Does amblyopia automatically lead to blindness? Yes. Amblyopia can have a permanent effect on vision even in adult life. If amblyopia occurs during childhood, this will lead to blindness. In other cases, adults may have amblyopia for any number of reasons and still see normally.

Does amblyopia affect only children? Amblyopia affects both children and adults. 

Amblyopia is a treatable condition. Amblyopia treatment usually involves using glasses or contact lenses to correct the vision in one or both eyes, and then using "eye patches" over the correct eye for at least two hours per day for several weeks. This is called occlusion therapy.

In this treatment, rather than focusing on different objects (such as a book), an individual will focus on the same object but with each of their eyes individually. In doing so, it may be possible to strengthen each eye or 'train' them to work together more effectively.

Lazy eye is a condition where one eye drifts inward, and as a result images are blurred. It has long been corrected with eyeglasses, glasses or contact lens. Now, doctors and researchers at UC Irvine have found that simply taking in more devices with alternating images from the stronger eye may help someone readjust their sight and overcome the condition.

When an individual focuses on a static image from one eye, a signal goes to the brain that only that eye is working so it pays no attention to what is happening in the other eye for a split second. This interruption causes the brain to accept blurriness in that distant image and lock onto it for viewing. Since changing this perception requires more effort than simply focusing on both eyes, once it has been pointed out that such lapse is happening, there is no chance of fixing it on its own.

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