All about amblyopia, or lazy eye

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

By: Molly Soto

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Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is when a child’s vision in one or both eyes does not develop properly.  In most cases, only one eye is affected, although it can affect both eyes. 


Dr. Richard Heckert, is a pediatric ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists who deals with amblyopia every day. 


“The public frequently use the term ‘lazy eye’ to mean an eye that drifts but that’s not what eye doctors mean,” Heckert says.  “What we’re talking about is lazy eye or amblyopia which means the vision in an eye is not up to the eyes full potential.” 


In this video, Dr. Heckert discusses how amblyopia is detected and treated.



It’s important to diagnose and treat amblyopia as early as possible.


“In very young children, their visual system is not very mature and they can develop amblyopia very rapidly but the plus side of that is that the treatment can also improve their vision very rapidly,” Heckert says.


“As children get older, their visual system becomes more resistant to the treatment and so it can take a lot longer to try to correct their vision, they can reach a certain age where additional attempts to try to improve their vision just don’t work.”


To find out more and discuss your child’s needs, schedule an appointment by calling 877-462-9465 or request an appointment online.

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