Dr. Steve Thom of Fargo, ND is an ophthalmologist who deals with patients of all ages who have conditions that require care and attention. One condition seen in his practice that often develops in childhood is that of amblyopia.
What is amblyopia?
Amblyopia is the medical term for the condition often known as “lazy eye.” This condition occurs in early childhood when the brain favors the other eye because of improper nerve pathways connecting between the eye and the brain. In most situations of amblyopia, patients will have an eye that may wander to the sides or both eyes that do not appear to work together in sync. Additionally, patients may have amblyopia that affects both of their eyes and can impact their depth perception.
What are the symptoms of amblyopia?
The most commonly noted symptoms of lazy eye include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Poor eye alignment
- Wandering eye or eyes
- Poor depth perception
If any of these conditions are spotted, regardless of age, they can be addressed with the assistance of an eye care professional such as Dr. Steve Thom. An effective diagnosis of amblyopia will help the doctor suggest possible treatment options for patients to consider.
How is amblyopia treated?
First, patients need to work with an ophthalmologist to get a proper diagnosis of their condition before speaking to the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic about treatment options. In most cases, the condition can be improved with the use of eye patches to help force the connection between the eye and brain to function properly. Some patients may improve with special eyeglasses and contact lenses. In more severe cases, surgery may be performed, but this is often rarely needed as more conventional methods are often highly effective in addressing the problem at hand.
Are you interested in learning more about amblyopia?
Call Dr. Steve Thom of the Thom Eye and Laser Clinic today in Fargo, ND to discuss this condition with a professional ophthalmologist offering premier eye care. Call (701) 235-5200 and visit at 2601 University Drive S. The practice is always accepting new and existing patients into the practice for eye care solutions.