"The Earlier the Better"

Laser Vision Specialists serving Toms River, Brick, Barnegat & Manalapan Township, New Jersey

When children are farsighted, have astigmatism, or experience both of these refractive errors in both eyes, they may develop “bilateral refractive amblyopia.” Unlike single-eye amblyopia (or “lazy eye”), in which one eye presents an unclear image to the brain, bilateral amblyopia affects both eyes and is less common. If left untreated, bilateral amblyopia may result in permanent vision loss. The good news is that recent research shows that the condition can be successfully treated with corrective lenses, particularly when it is diagnosed and treated early. After one year of treatment, visual acuity among children between the ages of three and nine with bilateral refractive amblyopia had improved an average of about four lines on the traditional Snellen eye chart.
Amblyopia will not go away on its own, and untreated amblyopia can lead to permanent visual problems and poor depth perception. At SUSSKIND & ALMALAH EYE ASSOCIATES, P.A., we stress preventive health care for the entire family. When is the last time you had a thorough eye examination? We will discuss all your options with you. We’re currently accepting new patients and welcome you.