Young children are commonly treated for amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. But it is a common misconception that adults cannot be treated for it. There are three types of treatment available for adults with a lazy eye. The type or multiple types required will depend upon your individual diagnosis.

Vision Therapy

Vision therapy includes a series of activities and exercises that can help you improve your visual skills. This treatment addresses the root cause of your lazy eye and helps develop your binocular vision.


Having the right lens prescription is crucial in helping improve your binocular vision. Your eye doctor may want to change your prescription to encourage your eyes to work together.

Eye Patching

Eye patching is usually the typical approach used for treating a lazy eye in young children who are too young or vision therapy. By patching your stronger eye or fogging it with eye drops or a special lens in your glasses, your weaker eye is forced to work harder.

How Can You Tell If You Have Lazy Eye?

Lazy eye is hard to detect at any age because there are no physical indications of the condition. It is possible for it to go untreated into adulthood because children do not realize that there is something off with their vision.

As an adult, there are certain symptoms that could indication you suffer from lazy eye, including

  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Visual fatigue
  • Problems with depth perception

If you suspect you might have lazy eye, it is time to talk to your eye doctor. The only way to determine if you have it is to go through a functional vision exam that includes a comprehensive assessment of visual information processing, binocular function and other visual skills.

Call Valley Eyecare Center to schedule your functional vision exam by calling (602) 955-2700 or requesting an appointment online.