We will talk about a problem that children suffer from and that isassociated with one weaker eye. This medical condition is called amblyopia andalthough both eyes make images, in case of this condition, the images of the weaker eyeare ignored. This leads to the increased use of strong eye, while weaker isunderused. A problem such as undeveloped eye may be a result of insufficient useof the weaker eye, which leads to the bad eye vision. This problem mostly affectschildren who are seven years old and it usually targets only one eye. Theautomatic response of the brain to ignore the images coming from the weak eyeis something the child is unaware of. The results of the treatment of this condition largelydepend on the time of the beginning of the treatment, since the problem will beharder to treat if it is detected in later stages. Vision will be returned tonormal if treatment is prompt. Lazy eye is another name for this condition
The main symptom of this condition is an eye that doesn't move along with theother eye, or it wonders. This is why this condition is also called lazy eye. Wehave mentioned how difficult this problem is to detect, but some symptoms can bedetected. The most common are dropping upper eyelid, cloudiness located in theeye's black center, tilting or squinting the head sideways, down or up,complaining of covered eye, crying if the eye is covered, eyes not fixed on thesame point, and eyes that do not move in the same direction together. Nowarning signs of this condition will be expressed and the parents cannot detectthe vision problems, while child may not mention the problem to the parents.
This problem is not present in the eye itself, but, it is a neurologic problem, which means that problem is placed in the brain and not the eye. Children whoare having this problem will have blurred vision on one weaker eye, while theother will see just fine. Also, due to the blurred vision of one eye, imagescoming from this eye will be suppressed by the brain which is trying to compensate.Double vision is another problem that the brain is trying to avoid in thesesituations. Blurred vision on one eye may develop into the loss of vision, which cannot be cured with corrective surgery, contact lenses or eyeglasses.This very common problem, which attacks 75% of children, is hard to detect evenwith the standard eye exams, but some special acuity test are very reliable. The best way of eliminating this problem includes therapies with eye trainingprocedures, while wearing eyeglasses will not bring any benefits. They areeffective for the children under 17, while those older then this need eyetraining and other treatment therapies.