Amblyopia Specialist

Beggs Family Vision

Phil Beggs, OD

Optometrist located in Wichita, KS & El Dorado, KS

Studies show that close to 3% of the American population suffers from amblyopia, otherwise called a lazy eye. At Beggs Family Vision in Wichita, Kansas, Phil Beggs, OD, works closely with patients to diagnose, prevent, and treat this vision development disorder. If you think you or your child has amblyopia, get in touch with the office today by phone or online to book an appointment.

Amblyopia

What is amblyopia?

Amblyopia refers to a vision development disorder in which one of your eyes doesn’t achieve visual acuity even with the help of corrective lenses.


Otherwise called lazy eye, amblyopia most often develops during infancy and early childhood and affects only one eye. There are three main types of amblyopia:

Strabismic amblyopia

Strabismus refers to the most common type of amblyopia. When your eyes are susceptible to double vision, your brain neglects the visual input from the eye that isn’t aligning properly. As a result, the misaligned eye experience amblyopia.  

Refractive amblyopia

Refractive amblyopia occurs when there are refractive errors in both of your eyes, even when they are perfectly aligned. For example, if you are nearsighted in one eye and not in the other, your brain relies on the eye with the least corrective issues for visual acuity.

Deprivation amblyopia

Deprivation amblyopia occurs when there is an obstruction that prevents light from entering your eye.


What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

The most common symptoms of amblyopia include any of the following:


  • Your eye wanders outward or inward
  • Depth perception issues
  • Head tilting
  • Continuous squinting
  • Eyes that appear out of sync
  • Unusual vision screening test results


Diagnosing amblyopia is not the most obvious. That’s why it’s essential that you schedule a comprehensive eye exam for Dr. Beggs to test for any issue in your visual acuity.  


What causes amblyopia?

Amblyopia can develop as a result of a variety of causes. Generally speaking, amblyopia occurs because of an abnormal visual activity that causes a change in the nerve pathways between the retina and the brain. This change makes your eyes out of sync with each other.

Deprivation amblyopia is often caused by a wide range of things, including:

  • Eye injuries
  • Eye surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Ptosis
  • Congenital cataract
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Scars


During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Begg tests the strength of the muscles in your eyes and determines whether there are any imbalances in your visual acuity.    

What are common treatments for amblyopia?

Dr. Beggs recommends that you start seeking treatment for amblyopia if you’ve noticed it in your child, especially if they are under the age of seven. The younger your child is, the better they will respond to treatment. Some treatment options can include:


  • Eye patches
  • Corrective eyewear
  • Eyedrops
  • Surgery
  • Bangerter filters


You should ask Dr. Beggs about what he recommends to treat your amblyopia, regardless of the type, successfully. Get in touch today by phone or online to book an appointment.