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Can LASIK Correct a Lazy Eye?

Do you suffer from “amblyopia,” or as it’s more commonly
known, a “lazy eye?” This is a fairly frustrating condition
in that it can alter someone’s ability to properly use both eyes.
Essentially, this is caused by the brain and the eye not working together
properly. In its early stages, amblyopia looks fairly normal: the eye
appears to be functioning properly, but the brain is actually favoring
the other eye. Over time, this causes the un-favored eye to begin to lose
control and veer out of alignment.

Primary Causes of a Lazy Eye

There are two primary causes of amblyopia: misaligned eyes, and a major
difference in the amount of refractive error between the eyes. When your
eyes are misaligned (a condition known as strabismus), the brain automatically
shuts off input from the misaligned eye and begins to favor the other
in order to avoid headache-inducing and debilitating double-vision. In
the second instance, when one eye has a significantly greater defect and
requires greater correction than the other, the brain will essentially
do the same thing and start ignoring it, which could lead to the eye becoming
lazy and vision being reduced from it.

Can LASIK Treat It?

In most cases, no. LASIK can fix a number of problems but damage caused
by amblyopia is not one of them. However, LASIK could eliminate the problems
that can cause amblyopia, in essence becoming an effective treatment.

Let’s look at an example. Say both of your eyes work well, only your
right eye is significantly more nearsighted than your left, requiring
your right eye to have a much stronger prescription to correct it than
the other. This actually makes it extremely difficult to wear regular
glasses since the magnification levels will be so dramatically different,
leading to a nauseating experience and the development of amblyopia over time.

LASIK surgery
can treat nearsightedness. In this way, a LASIK treatment could actually stop
amblyopia from ever forming, thus making it an effective method of treatment,
although it’s more preventative than anything.

LASIK generally can’t help those who already suffer from problems
pertaining to a lazy eye, but those who start to discover the symptoms
of a lazy eye early on can possibly find relief through this revolutionary
new treatment.

Schedule your LASIK consultation;
contact the Dallas eye surgeons at the Key-Whitman Eye Center now!

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