We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in our local community. Due to recent CDC, State and American Academy of Ophthalmology guidance for containment of COVID-19, we are cancelling all regular and non-urgent appointments for the immediate future. We apologize very much for the inconvenience. Our office will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment in the coming weeks. Our office remains available for 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.
Sincerely,
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.