Cómo abordar el ojo vago, la patología ocular más frecuente en niños

Written by: Dra. Raquel Moral Cazalla
Published: | Updated: 11/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The ambioplía or lazy eye consists in the loss of capacity to see well by an eye, being the ophthalmologic pathology more frequent in children. According to specialists in Ophthalmology , the main cause is usually a lack of visual stimulation during development in childhood. However, it is a pathology that is usually diagnosed when children are small and it is important to treat it then if it can not be prolonged when they are adults, without being able to correct.

Symptoms of vagus eye

The characteristic symptoms that may cause suspicion of a vagrant eye to parents, teachers or caregivers are, if the child:

- Diverts one eye to one side

- You do not see clearly or neatly the people who are nearby

- The objects are very close to the face, to see them well

However, as the vagus eye allows to see well through one of the eyes, the child usually develops normally, not being detected until going to a review with the pediatrician or ophthalmologist.


The vagus eye is a pathology that affects a large number of children


Why the vagus eye is produced

The vagus eye is the most common pathology in children and is characterized by one eye less than the other, usually due to other related pathologies, such as strabismus or anisometropia (when one eye dominates the other). It is important to correct it before the child reaches age six, as it is the period when the vision is ending and can be corrected.

How to treat the vagus eye in children and results obtained

The vagus eye has different treatments depending on the case in coca: glasses, occlusions of the dominant eye or penalization techniques. All these treatments consist of hindering the vision of the eye that is not amblyopic, thus forcing the eye to work.

Among the most commonly used penalization techniques are the drops that dilate the pupil or use a correction in the "wrong" spectacle.

It is essential that the specialist in Ophthalmology diagnose and correct the vagus eye in time, because if so, children usually recover vision at 100% in most cases.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Raquel Moral Cazalla

Dr. Moral is a renowned specialist in ophthalmology. With years of experience in the profession and extensive training, he has managed to specialize in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and cataracts. Throughout his career he has combined his clinical work with teaching, being honorary collaborator of the Department of Pathology and Surgery at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and teaching courses at the national level aimed at pediatricians and optometrists. On the other hand, he is the author of several articles and conference papers specialty and has been a speaker at conferences nationwide. He currently serves as an ophthalmologist in units of pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and cataracts in Oftálica Ophthalmological Clinic and also in the section of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus General Hospital Universitario de Alicante.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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