what is amblyopia?
Amblyopia is an eye condition that causes the brain to depend on one eye over the other. Typically, the eye with the higher power or visual acuity gets overworked and the weaker eye is overlooked. This causes the eyes to move in different directions, resulting in an obvious misalignment of the eyes (strabismus). This condition is more commonly known as lazy eye. It can occur in adults and children of all ages and causes symptoms, such as crossed eyes, squinting, and difficulty with depth perception. Amblyopia can be present at birth or develop over time from refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you have noticed physical abnormalities in your or your child's eye alignment, contact Ticho Eye Associates today. We are located in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN.
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types of amblyopia
There are actually several different types of amblyopia, and our team of skilled ophthalmologists at Ticho Eye Associates is highly trained in the treatment of all forms. The best way to diagnose amblyopia is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam. The different kinds of amblyopia include:
- Refractive: This develops when one eye has a different refractive error from the other
- Strabismic: This is when one eye deviates from the other, turning up, down, inward, or outward
- Anisometropic: The eyes may appear normal, but the focusing power of each eye differs, resulting in a chronic blur on one retina
- Deprivation: This causes reduced vision in one eye because of a corneal disorder or cataract
- Ametropic: This arises when the retina can't focus on images far away because of untreated refractive errors
treat lazy eye
If you suspect amblyopia is the cause of your or your child's vision problems, contact Ticho Eye Associates today. We are conveniently located in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN. With a comprehensive eye exam, our caring team of ophthalmologists can properly diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment. To learn more about the different therapies we offer for amblyopia, visit our amblyopia treatment page.