Lazy Eye Specialist

Jason Eugenides, OD -  - Optometrist

Vanderbilt Optical

Jason Eugenides, OD

Optometrist located in Naples, FL

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a childhood eye condition that happens when one eye doesn’t develop the way it should. Without treatment, lazy eye can permanently harm your child’s vision. To get treatment from an expert optometrist, visit Dr. Jason Eugenides at Vanderbilt Optical. Serving patients in Naples, Florida, Dr. Eugenides treats lazy eye and other eye conditions in both children and adults.

Lazy Eye Q & A

What is lazy eye?

The medical term for lazy eye is amblyopia, and it’s a condition where one eye does not focus correctly. The eye appears to wander and dart in different directions, and vision in this eye is not as strong. Generally considered a childhood eye condition, lazy eye can get worse if it’s not treated early enough. It can interfere with brain signaling and permanently harm a child’s vision.

Lazy eye isn’t always noticeable, but there are some common indicators. The child’s eyes may appear to work separately, and there is likely evidence of poor depth perception. Squinting, shutting one eye, and tilting the head are common. A lazy eye might also cause abnormal results on a vision test.

What causes lazy eye?

Lazy eye can develop due to a number of different reasons. Some factors that contribute to the condition might be low birth weight, developmental disabilities, or a family history of lazy eye.

Generally, however, one of the following conditions causes lazy eye:

  • Deprivation — A problem that develops in the eye, such as a cataract, which prevents a child from having clear vision
  • Muscle problem — Where the eye muscles are imbalanced, so the position of the eyes prohibit them from working together
  • Prescription differences — A difference in sharpness of vision between the two eyes, which is often due to farsightedness

When the brain receives a clear signal through one strong eye and a blurry signal through another, it learns to ignore the blurry eye and weakens its ability to work correctly.  

How is lazy eye treated?

Ideally, treatment for lazy eye starts in childhood as soon as possible. At Vanderbilt Optical, Dr. Eugenides conducts routine eye exams for kids to determine if there is an existing problem or a potential future problem.

Treatment for lazy eye depends largely on the cause. Dr. Eugenides might recommend:

  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses, which can correct vision differences between the two eyes
  • An eye patch, which is worn over the strong eye and helps train the weaker eye to focus
  • Medicated eyedrops, which help to temporarily blur vision in the strong eye and stimulate the weak eye

In some cases, a child might need surgery to repair crossed eyes or to reposition the eye muscles.

What results can I expect?

Lazy eye can take time to treat, but the sooner you’re able to bring your child in for an exam, the better. Many children can make a full recovery and regain normal vision.

To book an appointment at Vanderbilt Medical, call or use the online scheduling system today.