We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in our local community. In accordance with Federal CDC, Florida Department of Health, and local guidelines, we are currently requiring all patients to take the following precautions:
  1. All visitors to our office are asked to wear a mask or face and nose covering.
  2. All patients over age 18 should come unaccompanied, and all patients below age 18 should come with only one parent or guardian. No additional visitors will be permitted in our office.
Our office remains available for routine, urgent, and emergency eyecare at (850)-671-5558. On behalf of Dr. Brian Sherman and our staff, please stay safe. We will get through this together.
Dr. Brian G. Sherman, M.D.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is closely related to strabismus. Children learn to suppress double vision so effectively that the deviating eye gradually loses vision. During the first nine years of life the eye – brain pathways are developing and if one of the eyes is at a functional disadvantage, the pathway from that eyes ability to see may not develop normally.

A patient treated surgically for amblyopia by Dr. Sherman.
A patient treated surgically for amblyopia by Dr. Sherman.

This condition of poor vision in an eye is called amblyopia and can occur from misalignment of an eye, obstruction of the visual pathway of an eye from a cataract or drooping upper eye lid (ptosis), or blurred vision (need for glasses). If amblyopia is not treated prior to age 9, the loss of vision can become permanent. Treatment for amblyopia can include glasses and patching the good eye to force the weaker eye to be used. Penalization of the good eye with dilating drops and blurred lens can also be used in the treatment of amblyopia. When strabismus and obstruction of the visual pathway are involved the treatment frequently also includes surgery.