Understanding amblyopia

With the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, patients of the Fargo, ND area have access to the care they need for a range of eye health concerns. Children and adults who are dealing with a “lazy eye” will often receive a definitive diagnosis of their condition called “amblyopia.” Understanding the condition and the treatments to resolve it are a great way for patients to improve their vision and overall quality of life.

What is amblyopia?

Amblyopia is the medical term for lazy eye.  This condition can cause the loss or lack of vision in one or more eyes. Amblyopia is a degenerative process that is often caused by heredity and typically starts in infancy or childhood. Once a diagnosis is made at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, parents will need to work with a professional to learn more about treatment options.

What happens with amblyopia?

During amblyopia, one of the eyes is weaker. The brain will actually dictate which eye to use for image reception. At the same time, the brain will ignore the weaker eye. This can cause the weaker eye to fail to keep up with the other eye and result in the appearance of a non-functioning eye. With a proper diagnosis in the earliest stages, infants and children can achieve better vision and treat the weaker eye in a way that allows it to function properly alongside the other eye. This eliminates the appearance of a lazy eye while enhancing vision sharpness and clarity.

When should amblyopia be diagnosed?

The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be. Early childhood diagnosis will often involve the use of an eye patch to strengthen the weaker eye and regain proper function. If this condition is not treated in a timely manner, it can become a permanent issue for a patient.

Discuss amblyopia with Dr. Steve Thom today

Fargo, ND patients who are concerned about amblyopia are invited to call (701) 235-5200 to request a consultation visit with our team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic. We assist patients in getting a definitive diagnosis of their condition and provide them with the treatments they need to improve their vision health and abilities. The practice is conveniently located at 2601 University Drive S and accepts new patients.

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