All You Need to Know About Squint Surgery
Squint surgery is a permanent and effective solution for crossed eyes, not to be confused with “lazy eye.”
People often apply the term “lazy eye” to both strabismus and amblyopia. But this is a huge misconception.
Lazy eye and strabismus surgery are popular topics that are often misunderstood and can be confusing.
What is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is a problem with visual acuity or eyesight. One eye (more common) or both eyes may be affected and have poor vision.
Since the brain cannot effectively combine the images from both eyes, the brain starts to ignore (turn off) the signals coming from the affected eye, so a child does not develop normal eyesight.
Also, as the brain ignores the affected eye, it becomes lazy from lack of use. Hence the name.
So, amblyopia is a functional vision problem that may also present with poor depth perception, squinting, constant head turns, eye strain, or fatigue.
Amblyopia can only be treated when the patient is a child, ideally under age 6. The sooner, the better!
Glasses, eye patches, and vision therapy are the most common treatments for lazy eye.
Wearing a patch over the unaffected eye help improve vision in the affected eye.
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on October 26, 2021