Diagnosis of Lazy Eye:
Amblyopia, more commonly known as lazy eye, usually occurs just in one eye. The condition can be hard to notice at first, so even though there might be no obvious symptoms, it’s important for infants and children to get their eyes checked regularly. This could be every 2 years or more frequently, starting from 6 months old.
A standard eye exam can be done by your doctor to assess the vision in both eyes. Your doctor will check the strength of your eye muscles, clarity of vision, how well your eyes can focus on something, and differences in vision between the two eyes.
The eye exam typically involves having your eyes checked with a magnifying device, identifying shapes or letters on a chart, and following a light with both eyes as well as each individual eye. Lazy eye is generally diagnosed through one of these routine eye exams.
Lazy Eye Treatment:
Treatment options for amblyopia differ depending on the cause of the condition. In most cases, the easiest way to amblyopia is to treat the underlying cause. This involves helping your affected eye to develop normally. These treatments may include eye drops, glasses or contact lenses, vision therapy or even surgery.
Lazy eye treatment for amblyopia that’s caused by near- or far-sightedness or having astigmatism may likely involve wearing contact lenses of corrective glasses. By treating the underlying eye problem, the lazy eye condition may also improve.
Wearing an eye patch over your good eye for 1-2 hours a day may also be recommended. This encourages your weaker eye to work harder, which helps to develop the areas of the brain which control vision.
Another way of strengthening your weaker eye is to use eye drops. These are generally applied once or twice a day, to make your vision cloudy in your dominant eye.
Surgery is another option for lazy eye treatment. This may be recommended if you have crossed eyes, or if your eyes point in opposite directions. The surgery will adjust the muscles of your eye, to help them point the right direction.
Overall, the outcome of lazy eye treatment is typically better if treated earlier. That means it’s important to find out early if you have amblyopia, so that you can begin treatment. Recovery is also sometimes possible if treated later in life.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Treatment for lazy eye is also available through Chinese Medicine. At Centre of Balance, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques such as acupuncture to treat many conditions in a natural way.
In Chinese Medicine, the body is seen as a small universe where all the organs are fundamentally connected to each other. This means that a problem or weakness in one organ affects the other organs and causes an imbalance in the body. Health problems may arise due to these imbalances.
A Chinese Medicine practitioner will endeavour to find the root cause of your imbalance by taking your pulse and asking questions about your symptoms. Then acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to help your body come back into balance and start working properly again.
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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