Lazy eye treatment for a child aims to strengthen vision in the amblyopic or weaker eye by encouraging the brain to focus on its images. This happens by using corrective glasses, eye drops, eye patches, surgery or a combination of these methods.
Glasses: Glasses are recommended in cases where amblyopia results from significant refractive errors and/or anisometropia (when one eye has different focus / correction value better visual clarity than the other).
Eye patches: To treat amblyopia, kids often wear an eye patch over the unaffected eye for two to six hours a day while awake.
Atropine drops: Like a patch for the unaffected eye, atropine drops temporarily blur near vision in the stronger eye. This compels the brain to recognize images seen by the weaker one. Atropine is effective for mild to moderate amblyopia but less so for severe cases.Surgery: If strabismus, cataracts or droopy eyelid is causing amblyopia and treatment with glasses, drops or patches doesn’t improve the alignment of the eyes, lazy eye surgery for a child might be recommended.