Lazy Eye Surgery

Most of the time, you notice if your young child has a lazy eye. The condition, called amblyopia, is referred to as lazy eye because it appears that one eye doesn’t work as hard as the other and often tends to wander on its own. The difference can be very subtle, but without lazy eye correction, it can lead to additional vision problems.

    What Is Lazy Eye Surgery?

    Lazy Eye Surgery
    Lazy eye surgery is a procedure done to correct some of the underlying causes of amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. This disorder causes permanently decreased vision, poor depth perception and eye strain. Amblyopia surgery improves the appearance and function of the affected eye by performing as many procedures as necessary, such as:

    • Adjusting the eye muscles
    • Removing cataracts
    • Lifting the eyelid
    • Reshaping the cornea

    The optometrists and eye doctors at Eye Physicians in New York are reliable and experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of vision problems. They have a team of board-certified ophthalmologists who can provide you with comprehensive vision tests, accurate diagnosis, and personalized lazy eye correction procedures. You can access the latest technology and equipment to ensure the best outcomes. This team offers cutting edge vision correction procedures including lazy eye surgery.

    How Does Lazy Eye Correction Surgery Work?

    Lazy eye surgery is a procedure that can correct some of the underlying causes of amblyopia, such as strabismus, cataracts, droopy eyelids and corneal scars. Amblyopia surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you or your child can go home the same day. The surgery typically takes less than an hour to complete.

    Depending on the condition, different types of surgery may be performed. Some of the common surgeries for lazy eye include:

    • Strabismus surgery. This surgery adjusts the eye muscles that control the alignment and movement of the eyes. The surgeon may either weaken or strengthen the muscles by cutting and reattaching them to a different position on the eye. It improves the appearance and function of the affected eye.
    • Cataract surgery. This procedure removes the cloudy lens that blocks the light from entering the eye. The surgeon makes a small incision in the eye and uses a special device to break up and suction out the cataract. Then, an artificial lens is implanted to replace the natural lens. This restores the clarity and focus of the vision.
    • Eyelid surgery. This surgery lifts the droopy eyelid that covers part of the eye. The surgeon makes a small cut along the natural crease of the eyelid and removes excess skin, muscle, and fat. Then, the eyelid is stitched back together. It improves the visibility and appearance of the eye.
    • Corneal surgery. This surgery reshapes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), farsightedness or astigmatism. The surgeon uses a laser to remove a thin layer of tissue from the cornea and change its curvature. It helps to improve the sharpness and quality of the vision.

    Why Choose Eye Surgery for Lazy Eye?

    Lazy eye correction surgery has distinct advantages in correcting amblyopia. For one, it can correct some of the underlying causes of lazy eye. The various procedures can also improve eye alignment and coordination, which enhances visual acuity and reduces double vision. Other advantages offered by eye surgery for lazy eye include:

    • Improving the cosmetic appearance of the eyes and boosting self-confidence
    • Preventing further vision loss and complications from untreated lazy eye
    • Depending on the type and severity of the condition, it can be performed on both children and adults

    When you rely on the expertise of the talented eye doctors at NYC Eye Physicians, you and your children are always made comfortable before any procedure and assured that you won’t feel any pain. You may have slight discomfort for a day or two after a procedure that required your doctor to make small incisions, but that goes away in a day or two and can be managed with over-the-counter medication as recommended by your doctor.

    Where Can I Find Lazy Eye Surgery?

    Contact Eye Physicians in Downtown Manhattan, where you benefit from the latest technology and techniques in eye surgery. If left untreated, lazy eye can lead to permanent vision loss, poor depth perception, and reduced quality of life. It can especially affect a child’s learning, social and emotional development. That’s why it’s important to detect and treat lazy eye as early as possible.

    In addition to lazy eye surgery, you can access other innovative vision procedures, including:

    • LipiFlow, a device that applies heat and pressure to the eyelids to unclog the oil glands and treat dry eye syndrome
    • BlephEx, a procedure that removes bacteria and debris from the eyelashes and eyelids to prevent blepharitis and other eye infections
    • Astigmatism correction, a surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct the irregular curvature that causes blurred vision
    • Laser photocoagulation work, a laser treatment that seals leaking blood vessels and prevents further damage to the retina in diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration
    • Intraocular lens, a surgery that replaces the natural lens of the eye with an artificial one to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses
    • Pterygium removal, that removes the abnormal growth of tissue on the white of the eye that can interfere with vision and cause irritation and inflammation
    • Stye removal a minor surgery that drains the pus and removes the infected eyelash follicle that causes a stye

    Keep in mind that early detection and treatment are crucial to successfully fixing lazy eye, especially during visual development between birth and 7 years of age. Without proper amblyopia treatment, the condition can lead to permanent vision loss or decreased depth perception. Consult our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists at Eye Physicians in New York City for personalized advice and lazy eye treatment options.

    Page Updated on Jul 3, 2024 by Dr. William Hogue, OD (Optometrist) of Eye Physicians
    William Hogue, OD

    My name is Dr. William Hogue, and I am an optometrist dedicated to providing top-quality professional eye care. I'm trained in treating various ocular conditions, including dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and retinal issues.

    I earned my chemistry degree summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee. Subsequently, I obtained my Doctorate of Optometry (OD) and Master of Science (MS) from the New England College of Optometry. Following graduation, I completed an ocular disease residency at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry. Beyond my clinical work, I have also been a supporter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH).

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