Treatment of lazy eye at Children's National is designed to both address the underlying cause and help the brain use the eye that has been effectively ignored. Based on their extensive experience, Children's National pediatric ophthalmologists will carefully individualize each child's treatment timeline and regimen, taking into account what is most suitable for the condition, the child's age and temperament, and the family's dynamics.
Treating the underlying cause of lazy eye may involve:
Treatment of lazy eye may involve the use of patching or atropine drops in the good eye to encourage the brain to use the affected eye more, making its visual development stronger.
Patching can be a challenge for any parent and child. Most children with lazy eye are too young to appreciate the benefits of patching and it can be an annoyance. Adhesive patches, available at most pharmacies, are the gold standard for treatment.
Some patients may be able to use atropine eye drops instead, depending on the type and severity of their lazy eye. There are rare occasions when felt patches also can be used. A Children’s National specialist will be able to tell you which options are appropriate for your child, based on a thorough evaluation.