What is lazy eye?
A patient with amblyopia (or lazy eye) has a high asymmetry in the prescription between the two eyes and that causes one eye to have decreased vision from disuse, says Paul J. Lederer, MD, developmental optometrist in private practice in the Chicago suburbs. There are few, if any, signs of amblyopia, which makes it difficult to detect. The form of lazy eye that’s easier to identify is called strabismus, and it occurs when the eye drifts or wanders inward or outward constantly or intermittently. It’s easier for parents to spot because they can see that the eyes are misaligned. Lazy eye typically affects only one eye, but can sometimes affect both. Eye doctors recommend children get their vision screened as early as six months old to detect any issues. “After about the age of four months or so, if the eye is not lining up properly, it’s not normal. It should be looked at,” says David Epley, MD, owner of Children’s Eye Care in Kirkland, Washington.
She turns her head when watching TV
Dr. Epley says if you notice your child repeatedly turning his or her head when watching television, it could be a lazy eye symptom. Those with lazy eye have one eye that is dominant, and they rely on that eye to see better. Kids will often turn their heads to use their dominant eye when engaging in activities such as watching television. Find out the secrets eye doctors won’t tell you.