What is a Lazy Eye?
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is when the brain favours one eye over the other. This is sometimes due to poor vision in the other eye. This weaker eye sometimes wanders in different directions to the other eye, although it doesn’t necessarily look different. Occasionally amblyopia can affect both eyes, but this is quite rare.
Sometimes this condition can lead to the brain starting to gradually ignore signals from the affected eye. This can result in loss of depth perception and vision impairment. Particularly if amblyopia is not treated, it may lead to loss of depth perception as well as loss of 3D vision.
Amblyopia occurs most commonly in children and is the main cause of decreased vision in this age group. This condition may seem similar to having a crossed eye, but it’s actually a different condition.
Lazy Eye Symptoms:
It may be hard to notice whether you or someone you know has amblyopia, especially in the less severe stages. Look out for early warning signs such as eyes that don’t seem to work together, an eye that wanders inwards or outwards, poor depth perception, squinting, double vision, and a tendency to bump into things on one side.
As with any condition, the earlier amblyopia is detected, the earlier it can be treated. If treatment is begun early, there’s less likely to be permanent damage.
Causes of Lazy Eye:
When one eye is used less than the other, the nerve pathways in your brain that process sight stop functioning properly. This leads to the less-used eye becoming weaker over time.
Various factors can lead to one eye being used less than the other. These include genetics, eye damage from trauma, eye surgery, drooping of one eyelid, constant turning (strabismus) of one eye, different levels of vision in each eye, high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), vision problems (like near-sightedness), and even vitamin A deficiency.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
While Western Medicine focuses on treating the affected organ, and in particular the symptoms of conditions such as lazy eye, Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to treat the underlying cause of the condition. To find out what the root cause is, at Centre of Balance Hamilton we’ll ask questions about your symptoms and take your pulse, to get an idea of the nature of the condition you are suffering from. Once the cause is known, techniques like acupuncture can be used to address this cause.
The unique thing about Chinese Medicine is that the organs of the body are all seen as connected to each other in a specific way. This means that each organ will affect and is affected by the other organs of the body. Illnesses arise due to imbalances in the functioning of the organs, which result in symptoms in the body. So, to treat a condition such as lazy eye, a Chinese Medicine practitioner will use acupuncture or Chinese herbs to bring the organs back into balance and solve the problem at the root.
For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help, please see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/.
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