AUGUST IS AMBLYOPIA AWARENESS MONTH
Along with back-to-school shopping, it’s time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for the kids as we recognize August as Amblyopia Awareness Month and Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.
This is a timely reminder to get our kids photoscreened even at an early age because as they spend more time tethered to screens, there is an increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development.
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is the medical term used when the vision of one eye is reduced because it fails to work properly with the brain. The eye itself looks normal, but for various reasons, the brain favors the other eye.
Amblyopia has a huge functional impact on kids because it is associated with decreased long-term educational achievement and narrowed career choices. As kids grow up, amblyopia can have psychological impacts. It can lead to lower self-esteem and self-image. In some instances, kids may feel depressed, frustrated and embarrassed. Because of this, prevention of amblyopia has always been our top priority.