One general term that is frequently tossed around is lazy eye. This common issue can be broken down into three basic categories.

Some people deal with lazy eye briefly here and there. For example, they may be staring at a computer screen for too long and their eye starts to wander off or drift from fatigue. This version of the condition is not something to worry about. However, if you notice this in a child, you might want to monitor this to make sure it doesn’t persist or worsen.

Another form of lazy eye is when one eye is pointed in a different direction than the other. This problem tends to originate with the nerves and muscles that control the eye. This can be corrected with glasses.

The third category of lazy eye is known as amblyopia. This can be observed in a person who has an eye that always seems to be pointed inward, towards the nose. This usually means that the eye has not been sending proper signals to the brain.

Over time, the brain will start to ignore these signals, favoring the dominant eye. Vision in the lazy eye will be noticeably compromised. About 3% of the population suffers from this vision deficiency, and many of them are children.

To learn more about lazy eye conditions and the available treatments, contact Dr. Shobha Tandon at her Union City office and arrange a consultation. Dr. Tandon is a well-respected ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon with years of experience.