Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Commonly known as "lazy eye", amblyopia is marked by reduced vision in one eye due to the eye and brain not working together properly. The condition usually begins when one eye, though it may appear normal, is weaker and not able to focus as well as the other, causing the brain to favor the stronger eye. Affecting about 2 percent of the population, amblyopia is the most common vision impairment in children. Although lazy eye typically affects only one eye, it is possible for both eyes to be affected.
Amblyopia may cause one eye to wander inward or outward, or it may prevent both eyes from working in unison. Amblyopia almost always is detectable before age 6, and because connections between the eye and brain are formed in childhood, early diagnosis and treatment is important. If left untreated, the maturing brain eventually may ignore signals from the weaker eye, causing permanent vision loss. In fact, amblyopia is the most common cause of monocular (single eye) vision problems in young to middle-age adults. With early diagnosis and treatment in childhood, including prescription lenses, eye patches, eye drops, or vision therapy, there is a good chance for complete recovery. Sometimes, surgical treatment is necessary.
Callahan is the only full-service facility in Alabama specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the eye and one of only a few worldwide that is entirely devoted to advancements in ophthalmology. That reputation is supported by 16 operating rooms dedicated to eye surgery and a 24/7 eye emergency room that is the region’s only Level I Ocular Trauma Center. More than 11,000 surgeries are performed at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital each year, and we conduct more reconstructive eye procedures than any other facility in the world.
Our facility is home to more than two dozen ophthalmologists, many of whom are named among the top doctors in their fields nationally. Callahan is widely recognized for excellence in patient care, having consistently earned prestigious awards from health care consulting group Press Ganey, and in 2017 Callahan was named as one of the “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Callahan also is known for pioneering developments in surgical instruments, devices, and procedures used by ophthalmologists across the globe. As part of the UAB Medicine academic medical center, Callahan is actively involved in ongoing research and clinical trials. Many of our ophthalmologists have received funding from prestigious research organizations and institutions and collaborate in clinical care to bring the latest in scientific discovery to our patients.
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Glaucoma is a silent disease. It does not hurt, symptoms are slow to develop, and most people do not notice any loss of vision until it is too late. A project by ophthalmologists at UAB are examining whether a partnership with community-based optometrists will improve detection and treatment of glaucoma, especially for high-risk populations.
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital helped save a young baseball player’s career and, most importantly, his sight.
Baseball Eye Injury
College baseball player Meade Kendrick was nearly blinded by a batted ball during a practice drill. The ball hit directly on Kendrick’s left eye resulting in a severe closed-globe injury to the eye. See how Meade's vision was restored by UAB Ophthalmologist Doug Witherspoon, M.D. at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
After being hit in the eye with a bottle rocket, Dianne Peterson underwent sight-saving surgery at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.
Fireworks Eye Injury
Dianne Peterson was just a bystander when a firework hit her in the eye on July 4th. The damage to her left eye was severe. Instead of celebrating, she had eye surgery at midnight. See her story of caution.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Amblyopia. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials
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