Can Laser Eye Surgery treat Amblyopia (lazy eye)?

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It’s among the most common questions asked at Laser Eye Surgery clinics: Are you able to treat and improve amblyopia? Or as it’s more commonly known as, lazy eye.

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment among children, affecting around two to three in every hundred.

Unless caught early and treated during childhood, the condition persists into adulthood. This is often difficult, and thus amblyopia is the most common monocular (one eye) impairment among young and middle-aged adults.

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Expert surgeon Mr Glenn Carp on treating lazy eye with Laser Eye Surgery

In the video below Mr Glenn Carp answers the question: Can Laser Eye Surgery treat amblyopia?

As Mr Carp explains, the condition is caused when a child has had some obstruction to their vision. This may be in the form of a refractive error, which was not treated with glasses, an injury, or another condition like cataracts.

As a result of the blockage to the vision, the eye only learns to see to a certain point. And as around the age of 7 certain pathways that link the eye to the brain finish their development, if the full vision stimulation is not achieved before this point, the eye remains underdeveloped.

Therefore, Laser Eye Surgery is only able to refine the vision in an amblyopic eye to the level it can achieve with a glasses prescription. That goes to say, Laser Eye Surgery is unfortunately not able to refine the vision further, due to the underdeveloped pathways from when the child was very young.

But am I still suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

While Laser Eye Surgery cannot specifically treat lazy eye, suitability for Laser Eye Surgery depends on the best corrected visual acuity of the lazy eye. Many patients with mild lazy eyes have had successful outcomes after Laser Eye Surgery.

Check out our testimonial page to find out about the experiences of Laser Eye Surgery patients.

Like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic? leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)? [video]

7 Comments
  1. Kathy 23/05/2016 at 06:34

    Essays like this are so important to brennodiag people’s horizons.

  2. shobhit 28/05/2017 at 17:59

    I m 30 yr old, my right eye is lazy eye can be treated successfuly

    • Bethany Kingsley 30/05/2017 at 06:59

      Hi Shobit,

      We’d need to go through a few questions with you to determine if laser eye surgery was right for you.
      Importantly, we’d need you to obtain your most up to date visual acuities. Laser eye surgery can usually do what the glasses are doing, so it will aim to correct you to the level of vision you currently see with you visual aids. Laser eye surgery does not correct the lazy eye itself. Please contact the clinic on 020 7224 1005 if you would like more information.
      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  3. Sanjeet 13/07/2017 at 08:38

    I am having a lazy right eye can I be able to see without glasses my right eye power is -10

    • Bethany Kingsley 24/07/2017 at 09:00

      Hi Sanjeet, we would need a bit more information. I would advise you get your full prescription, including your visual acuities from your most recent eye examination and send this to info@londonvisionclinic.com
      We can then give you a bit more information about your suitability. Of course, the best way to get all the answers is to have a full suitability consultation. Please call the clinic on 020 7224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  4. Sanjeet 13/07/2017 at 08:39

    I am having a lazy right eye can I be able to see without glasses my right eye power is -10
    By laser treatment

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/07/2017 at 11:08

      Hi Sanjeet, We would need a bit more information regarding your eyes. Is your vision corrected when you wear corrective glasses or contact lenses? -10 is within our parameters to treat. I would suggest that you call the clinic on 020 7224 1005 and speak to one of our patient care coordinators. Please contact us for further questions. Thanks, London Vision Clinic

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