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Pediatric eye care often deals with treating amblyopia, or lazy eye, which is a problem with the visual processing center in the brain that causes the child to only use their one good eye. Treat pediatric eye diseases and problems early to encourage normal vision development with insight from an ophthalmologist in this free video on child eye care and vision problems.

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My name's Dr. Alan Watson. I'm an ophthalmologist in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and we're here today to talk about eye problems. The thing about kids is the visual system in children is constantly under development, and so it's very important in kids that if they do have an eye problem that it's detected early so that it can be treated. The one that we can treat is amblyopia or lazy eye, and that's actually a problem in the brain. The visual processing center in the occipital lobe of the brain doesn't form the billions of little interconnections that are necessary for good vision, and the pediatric patient is forced to use their weak eye and that allows the brain cells to form all the proper connections that will let the child enjoy good vision on that side. The things that need to be creat corrected in children depends on the child, and what's causing the superimposed amblyopia. It may be just refractory; may be far sighted on that side. He may have just astigmatism in one eye. It could be something much more serious though like in a young children; they can actually be born with a cataract within the eye. Things like that need to be corrected quite promptly so that that child can develop normal vision in the side of the eye that has the cloudy lens. This has been Dr. Alan Watson, Ophthalmologist, at Saint Joseph, Missouri, discussing different eye problems, and the treatment of different eye problems with you.

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