You might have heard the term “lazy eye” at some point. This describes a condition called ‘amblyopia’ whereby the vision in one eye has not developed to the same extent as the other eye due to a large difference in uncorrected prescription between the two eyes, a turned eye, or some form of obstruction of vision that has delayed the development of vision in that eye.
When this happens, the aim is to assist the child in gaining as much vision as possible. Often, this involves wearing glasses to correct the child’s prescription. Occasionally we may recommend a period of patching, whereby the better eye is patched so that the other eye is forced to develop. Sometimes, vision therapy may be recommended to address any other underlying issues or to improve vision.