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Turned and Lazy Eyes

Are you worried that your child has a turned or lazy eye?

It is not uncommon for parents to notice a turned eye in the first 6 years of a child's life.

Turned eyes and lazy eyes occur in 1 in 30 to 1 in 50 Preschool aged children.

Sometimes a turn can be obvious, however sometimes it is impossible to tell, as the child may be compensating with their other eye.

Although there is no age limit to when a lazy eye can be treated, it is significantly easier to do when the child is younger. This is why we suggest a child's first check-up at around 3 years of age or immediately if you notice a turned eye.

If your child is found to have a turned or lazy eye, there is no reason to stress. Treatment options are often more simple than most people realise.

Treatment options include:

The first treatment option is often just glasses, this will actually correct around 60% of lazy eyes with no other intervention.

The next option is making one eye blurry.  This can be done by making one lens in the glasses a bit blurry, it can also be done with drops, a clear patch or sometimes even a pirate patch. Luckily recent studies show that seldom is a full day patch required, most of the time 2- 6 hours per day is enough.

Vision Training is also an option for some turned and lazy eyes, this training works on improving vision in the lazy eye, and helping them work together.

If these optical options don’t work, there is also the option of surgery. We have a lot of experience working with a number of paediatric and turned eye specialist surgeons.