The typical case scenario is a child referred by an optometrist, and they will notice that the child cannot see so well in one eye. Usually, when I see the child, I will go through a full assessment, and we do one important thing, that is measuring the eyes. That’s called the cycloplegic refraction. Basically, you measure the power of the eye objectively.
Based on that assessment, we decide whether the eye has any prescription, and this is the first system in treating lazy eye. We give the full prescription for the child, and we wait a little bit– around three to six months.
If the vision develops nicely and well and becomes equal between the two eyes, then actually lazy eye is treated.
If not, then we start what we call the occlusion therapy by patching the good eye to allow the lazy eye to develop better vision.