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Lazy Eye in Babies and Children

In babies and children, amblyopia may develop if there is an asymmetric refractive error between the eyes. Therefore, one eye begins to see less than the other. The earlier amblyopia is diagnosed and treated, the better the results. It is an important opportunity for treatment, especially before the age of 6. In this context, it is extremely important for parents to carefully follow the development of their children and to immediately consult a specialist in case of the slightest doubt.

Causes of Lazy Eye

  • Strabismus
  • Refraction eye defects such as myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia
  • Anomalies in the refractive media of the eye such as cornea, iris, lens and vitreous

Strabismus; It is the most obvious feature of lazy eye and can be easily noticed. However, awareness may be difficult for other reasons. Therefore, regular eye examinations are extremely important for babies and children. Early diagnosis and treatment are possible with routine examinations that a specialist ophthalmologist can perform in a few minutes.

Treatment of Lazy Eye

The biggest advantage of early diagnosis in lazy eye is that success is achieved only with the use of glasses. If the baby or child has a problem that may cause amblyopia and it is diagnosed early; Only use of glasses will be sufficient.

If lazy eye occurs, one of the most effective treatments is eye closing treatment. Here, the baby's or child's good seeing eye is closed and the aim is to increase the visual efficiency of the other eye. Although eye-closing treatment is extremely successful, it is an uncomfortable and challenging process, especially for babies.

Apart from this, various computer-programmed treatments are also available for amblyopia. CAM treatment or Neurovision treatment applied to people over the age of 10 can be counted among these. In these treatments, computer-assisted development of the child's vision is provided.

Apart from these treatments, surgical intervention is also performed for amblyopia. This situation depends entirely on the initiative and decision of the specialist ophthalmologist.

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