Pediatric Eye Care
Development of the visual system occurs from birth through the first ten years of life. Ideally, children should have their first eye exam when they’re around 3 ½ years old, and an exam at any age if a problem is suspected. Having a complete eye exam will help diagnose vision problems without any symptoms, and vision problems in infants and toddlers who are not able to verbalize their frustrations. At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, your child’s complete examination will help detect and treat any potential problems with their vision, including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), significant refractive errors, or congenital cataracts. Early detection is vital to correcting these problems and others before they result in permanent damage.
Dr. Patrick Arnold is the Eye Center of Northern Colorado’s fellowship-trained ophthalmologist. Dr. Arnold is the only full-time specialist in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus in Northern Colorado. He and his excellent pediatric team are the best choice for your family and your child’s eye care needs.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia is a condition where one eye does not reach visual acuity as fast as the other eye, causing vision problems. It can be caused by eye misalignment (strabismus), refractive error, or deprivation (something blocking the vision, like a cataract or a droopy eyelid). This condition can be hard for parents to diagnose because it may not be outwardly visible.
When caught early, amblyopia is usually treatable with glasses or contact lenses. Placing an eye patch on the strong eye or using a dilating eye drop (atropine treatment) to blur the vision in one eye are also effective in forcing the “lazy eye” to develop normally.