Amblyopia, referred to as “lazy eye,” occurs when one or both eyes do not develop normal vision during early childhood.
Squint, referred to as “Strabismus” medically, is a condition where the eyes do not look together in the same direction.
It is essential to check children’s vision when they are first born and again during infancy, preschool and school years. Amblyopia is a common condition affecting up to 4 percent of all children, must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible during infancy or early childhood to prevent permanent vision loss and to allow for development of optimal stereo or 3-dimentional vision. Common associations include misalignment or squint in either or both eyes, decrease in vision in either or both eyes, problems with depth perception, etc.
The first initial step taken to combat amblyopia is to correct any refractive error. Having a refractive error means being nearsighted, farsighted or having astigmatism (distorted or blurry vision). A child may have a refractive error that is worse in one eye. That eye can “turn off”, or “be lazy” and vision will not develop properly. This can be difficult to tell since the child’s vision seems fine when using both eyes.
Amblyopia is usually corrected by making the child use their weaker eye. This can be done by putting a patch over the child’s stronger eye. Another way is to make vision blurry in the stronger eye using eye drops, or by wearing “fogged lens” eyeglasses. It may take months for the weaker eye to become stronger. Children do not like to have their stronger eye patched or blurred. However, you need to help your child do what is best for them.
Squint is when the eyes point in two different directions. One eye may be focused straight ahead while the other turns in, out, up, or down. To avoid seeing double, the child’s brain may ignore the image from the eye that is not focused straight ahead. But this can keep that eye from developing properly. Squint correction may be the next step of management, as decided by your surgeon.
Before surgery you will have to get a list of general investigations done, which would give us an idea on your general body health status at the time of surgery. Your systemic problems like hypertension or diabetes have to be under check prior and after the surgery.
After surgery, you need to be able to follow your discharge summary and apply drops to the operated eye as advised. Also, have to avoid dust, water and crowded places for atleast 1-2 Weeks after surgery.
For further questions on the surgery, precautions and other topics please feel free to discuss with your doctor.
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