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 If you're concerned that you or your child may have amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, you may need to be referred to an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. Amblyopia is a condition where one eye doesn't develop properly and doesn't work as well as the other. This can cause problems with vision, including blurred or double vision, difficulty judging depth, and problems with fine motor skills like handwriting. If left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss in the affected eye. 

If you or your child are referred to an ophthalmologist, they will conduct a series of tests to diagnose the condition and determine the best treatment plan. Treatment options for amblyopia may include patching the stronger eye, using special eye drops to blur the vision in the stronger eye, or in some cases, surgery to the affected eye. It's important to start treatment as early as possible to improve the chances of success. Your ophthalmologist will work with you or your child to create a personalised treatment plan and monitor progress throughout the treatment period. With the right treatment, it's possible to improve vision and prevent long-term damage to the affected eye. 

Lazy eye symptoms:
  • Poor vision.  

  • Blurry vision.  

  • Poor depth perception.  

  • An eye that wanders inwards.  

  • Loss of vision.  

Treatment for amblyopia: 
  • Eye patch.  

  • Eye drops.  

  • Prescription glasses.  

  • Eye surgery.  

  • Corrective eyewear. 

    At Blackrock Health, we have earned a long-standing reputation for excellence in private medical and surgical care. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the eye for both adults and children.  We have a renowned team of consultants, and we use the latest techniques and technologies. This means we can aim to provide you with a fast, accurate diagnoses and an effective and tailored treatment plan. We understand that experiencing problems with your eyes can be worrying. That is why we are committed to providing compassionate and reassuring care. Whether you need a routine check-up or a more complex procedure, we are here to help. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest standards of care and support - throughout your journey to better health.  

    As a Blackrock Health patient, you'll be cared for by our team of consultant ophthalmologists and consultant ophthalmic surgeons. All our consultants offer care and expertise in their own specialties and continue to lead research in vision sciences. Many of our eye specialists also consult in major teaching hospitals. 

    The team includes: 
    • Consultant ophthalmologists 

    • Consultant ophthalmic surgeons 

    • Ophthalmic technicians 

    • Optometrists 

      Please note that we do not offer an emergency service for eye health issues. If you have the following symptoms, you should call 112 or 999: 

      • Sudden or severe eye pain 

      • Loss of sight 

      • Lots of flashing lights 

      • Chemicals in your eye 

      • Severe eye trauma 

      How do I get this?

      You will need a referral letter from your GP, optician or consultant before you make an appointment.

      Is this insured?

      Not all services are covered by health insurance. To find out if you're covered, please check your health insurance before your visit. You can do this on our health insurance Cover Check page, or by contacting your health insurer. 

      How do I pay?

      If you do not have health insurance or your health plan does not cover the full cost, you will need to pay the balance due before your treatment or procedure. You may be able to claim back some fees on your insurance. To pay an excess not covered by your insurance or any other inpatient fees, please visit our payment page. If you have any queries about paying for your care, please contact the finance team in your hospital.

      Available at:
      • Blackrock Clinic
      • Galway Clinic
      • Hermitage Clinic

      Blackrock Clinic

      Rock Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94E4X7
      Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

      Galway Clinic

      Doughiska Galway, Galway H91HHT0
      Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

      Hermitage Clinic

      Old Lucan Road, Dublin, D20 W722
      Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)