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Birch Lake Eye Clinic & Optical Village Eye Clinic & Optical
4720 White Bear Parkway 4365 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Suite 108
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 Blaine, MN 55449
(651) 426-2747 (763) 717-9500
For over thirty years, Birch Lake Vision Group has offered superior vision care and friendly service to the White Bear Lake and Blaine areas and the greater North East Metro. Both clinics offer family eye care, emergency eye care, contact lens fittings, laser eye surgery screenings, and a full optical center.
We strive to provide the latest in optometric technology, a gentle, caring atmosphere, and a courteous, knowledgeable staff.
Lazy Eye Awareness
Brad Schwantke, O.D.
Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, affects one out of every 20 children. Amblyopia is a lack of development of central vision in one or both eyes due to deprivation of clear vision to that eye. If a person has a lazy eye, their vision in that eye is always blurry, even with the best glasses or contacts a doctor can prescribe. Since lazy eye has to do with the development of children’s eyes it is actually a dysfunction of the brain which blocks clear vision from one eye because it cannot use both eyes together. This almost always happens when children are very young, before the age of 6 years old.
Because lazy eye typically develops in infants and toddlers, the symptoms can be very hard to spot. On top of that, children rarely notice they have amblyopia because in most cases the good vision in one eye masks the poor vision in the other. Children with lazy eye also commonly slip through vision screenings, which makes it a very difficult disorder to spot without an eye exam.
Lazy eye has two main causes. Strabismus is the most common cause of amblyopia, a condition in which one eye points away from straight ahead. To avoid double vision, the brain ignores the vision from the turned eye, causing amblyopia. Another cause of amblyopia is unequal refractive errors between the two eyes, even though both eyes are aligned perfectly. The typical example is the child who has very good vision in one eye, and the other is very farsighted. Since it takes much more effort to see though the farsighted eye, the brain then only uses the eye with good vision and ignores the farsighted eye, causing amblyopia.
There are a number of different treatments for lazy eye. Occasionally, if caught early enough, just correcting the child’s vision with glasses will fix the decreased vision in the amblyopic eye. However, most children will require therapeutic intervention. The next step is usually a patching regimen where the child patches the good eye for an hour or two every day for prescribed period of time. Sometimes this patching therapy will be combined with vision therapy which combines patching with prescribed exercises designed to strengthen how the eyes function together.
Though modern treatment is very effective, early detection is crucial. Finding amblyopia early and correcting the cause before damage can occur is best. Amblyopia does not go away on its own, and an untreated eye will often lead to permanent visual problems. To ensure proper eye development, schedule an eye exam for children today.
Birch Lake Vision Groups commitment is to provide the highest quality of family health care in both services and products.
Our Doctors and staff will provide the highest comprehensive care to our patients focusing on their every need.
Our Patients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here.
"The patient's quality of life is what we believe is most important."
We are changing the hours at our Blaine location to better serve our patients. Starting January 1st, the hours will be:
Village Eye Clinic & Optical
Saturdays: 8:30am-12:30pm (2nd & 4th)
Some of you might recognize one of our former staff members Julie who brought in her son Brayden for his first eye exam!
Contact us about our InfantSee program!