Your age is believed to affect various aspects of your life. How illnesses develop is also believed to have some relations with how old you are. Amblyopia, which is a sight disorder is no exception. Many believe that this eye disorder tends to get worse along with your age. In general, amblyopia can be observed during childhood, even infancy. When left untreated, this lazy eye will lead to worsened vision ability and can possibly end up in vision loss of the affected eye. The effect of this vision loss undoubtedly affects not only the amblyopic eye, but also the entire ability of the eyes to focus in objects.
Does amblyopia really get worse with age?
As a disorder that can be detected early in childhood, amblyopia is believed to be much worse with age. Thus, if you were suffering amblyopia as a child and never got this problem corrected or properly treated, you are likely to have worse effects of the problem with adulthood. This way, why does amblyopia seem to get worse with age?
- Amblyopia is advised to get proper and initial treatments before the sufferers reach the age of 9, because at this age the vision ability will be fully developed, so that any abnormalities will be harder to be corrected. Children under 6 with amblyopia will likely to have their sight improved even without surgeries. Consistent vision therapy is effective enough to correct their developing eye ability, so that there will be a better communication between the lazy eye and the brain.
- If you are suffering from lazy eye and other medical complications that become worse with age, such as diabetes, you are likely to experience much worse experience and sight degradation. Hence, it is not merely the age as a number that worsens your existing amblyopia. Rather, it is other health complications that may develop as you age that does.
- Amblyopia is a type of eye disorder that requires immediate treatments. Best outcomes will be gained when the occurring symptoms are treated immediately. If these symptoms are ignored, there will be no proper communication between the brain and the lazy eye. Thus, the optic signals from amblyopic eye will be rejected by the brain, causing more deterioration to the affected eye. As a result, the occurring symptoms seem to be worsened. Double visions may be very disturbing and eventually the affected eye may not be able to focus at all, as the brain chooses to send optic signals merely to the stronger eye.
- While in developing visual system during childhood, treatments without surgery have bigger chances to improve amblyopic eye, in adulthood, this needs more consistency. Even surgeries may or may not work on an amblyopic eye occurs during adulthood. This is actually not because the problem is getting worse with age, but rather, because the symptoms have been neglected for prolonged period, that it is not easy to perform correction surgery to improve it thoroughly later on.