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A Lazy Eye Can Be Motivated Again

lazy eye or amblyopiaLazy eye is the name commonly used for the eye condition known as amblyopia. Amblyopia is a development disorder where one of the eyes fails to achieve normal vision focus and acuity. Lazy eye begins during infancy and early childhood (usually before the age of 6).

Causes of Amblyopia

A common cause of amblyopia is a condition called strabismus. Strabismus is the inability of both eyes to maintain proper alignment and work together. When focusing on an object, one eye will look directly at the object while the other eye drifts inward, outward, upward or downward. Due to the misalignment of the eyes and to avoid double vision, the brain eventually ignores the images from the wandering eye. This leads to the development of amblyopia in that eye.  This type of amblyopia is called strabismic amblyopia.

Another cause of amblyopia is dissimilar refractive errors in the eyes. Unlike strabismus, both of the eyes may be perfectly aligned, but one of the eyes may have significant farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism while the other eye does not. Like with strabismus, the brain will eventually ignore the blurred images from the eye with the highest degree of refractive error and rely entirely on the images from the other eye.  This leads to the development of a type of amblyopia called refractive amblyopia.

Treating a Lazy Eye     

The methods for treating amblyopia have a lot to do with the type of amplyopia. In some cases of refractive amblyopia, corrective lenses (eyeglasses or contacts) will restore normal vision. The lenses are specially ground with a prismatic effect, which helps draw the eye into better alignment.

The wearing of a patch over the dominate eye is frequently utilized to force and train the brain to accept input from the amblyopic eye. This develops the visual acuity of that eye.  The duration for wearing an eye patch varies. For some, the patch may be required a few hours each day for a period of weeks while for others, the patch may need to be worn all day long for a period of months. Given that amblyopia is a condition that typically affects young children, there are obviously challenges with getting a child to consistently wear a patch.

Vision therapy is also another important tool used to treat amblyopia. Vision therapy helps improve the alignment of the eyes and teaches the eyes to work together for clear vision.

Early Detection of Lazy Eye is Important

Treating amblyopia early leads to the best outcomes for restoring normal vision. The American Optometric Association recommends infants have an eye exam when they are 6 months old. Testing and detecting amblyopia is one of the reasons why an eye exam is suggested so early in life.

Learn more about quality eye care and eye wear from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

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Shawnee Optical Now a Part of the Ashtabula Community

For more than 30 years, Shawnee Optical has played an integral part of communities throughout Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania by providing generations of families with superior eye care, quality eye wear and unmatched customer service. Over those three decades, the company has earned a well deserved and respected reputation as a trusted and reliable source for family optical care.

On April 18, 2012, Shawnee Optical officially became a part of the Ashtabula, Ohio community with the opening of its new location at 3705 State Road in Ashtabula. Optometrists Dr. Angelo DeVivo and Dr. Dawn Barkan along with the dedicated Shawnee Optical staff are continuing the company’s proud tradition of quality and affordable eye care for families in the Ashtabula area.

“We are delighted to join this community”, exclaimed Bob Leonardi, president of Shawnee Optical. “We look forward to serving the eye care and eye wear needs of Ashtabula residents and becoming long-time members of this outstanding community”, he added.

For more information about Shawnee Optical and its new Ashtabula location, including the telephone number, hours of operation and convenience of scheduling an eye appointment on-line, please visit the Shawnee Optical website at http://www.eyeweareyecare.com/Ashtabula_Eye_Care_Location.html.

Shawnee Optical Announces New Location in Ashtabula, Ohio

Shawnee Optical Ashtabula, Ohio LocationFor more than 30 years, Shawnee Optical has been providing generations of families with superior eye care, quality eye wear and unmatched customer service. The company has earned a well deserved and trusted reputation throughout Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania as a trusted and reliable source for serving the optical needs of every family member from the youngest to the most senior.

That reassuring tradition of quality eye care and eye wear will soon be available to families in the Ashtabula, Ohio area. Shawnee Optical announced today it will be opening a new office on April 18, 2012 located at 3705 State Road in Ashtabula.

“We are proud and honored to join the Ashtabula community”, exclaimed Bob Leonardi, president of Shawnee Optical. “We look forward to serving the eye care and eye wear needs of Ashtabula residents and becoming long-time members of this fine community”, he added.

With the opening of the new Ashtabula location only a few weeks away, Shawnee Optical has already started to take appointments for eye exams. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (440) 997-2020.

To learn more about Shawnee Optical or to schedule an eye appointment any time day or night, visit the Shawnee Optical website at www.shawneeoptical.com.

For those constantly on the “go”, Shawnee Optical recently launched an easy-to-use and convenient mobile website. Access information about eye care topics, view the latest eyeglass frame fashions or schedule an eye exam using your smart phone or other mobile device.

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