Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020 $$

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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a serious vision condition that is commonly, but not always, associated with advanced strabismus (crossed eyes).
When one eye has different vision than the other, the brain may begin to suppress one of the images it receives, usually from the crossed eye, so that a single image is processed, instead of two conflicting images. This is even more common should one eye be damaged from trauma or disease, or sending out of focus images compared to a dominant eye.
Amblyopia is a neurological condition, meaning that while the biological function of the eye (to receive and transmit light signals to the brain) may be perfectly normal, the loss of vision occurs in the brain itself.
If the image suppression occurs over a long enough time period, vision loss can be permanent and irreversible.

Symptoms of Amblyopia

Many symptoms are shared with strabismus, including:

  • Visibly crossed eyes
  • Double vision
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Issues with depth perception

Some symptoms more unique to amblyopia include:

  • Decreased vision in one eye with no trauma or disease in the eye
  • The need to tilt the head or squint excessively to equalize vision between both eyes
  • Headaches or migraines associated with decreased vision

It is very common for symptoms of amblyopia to appear in children, however the condition can occur at any age. In children especially, if any symptoms of strabismus or amblyopia are noticed, it is important to have the child examined by an Ophthalmologist to begin corrective treatment as soon as possible.

Treatment of Amblyopia

The most effective treatment for amblyopia includes a continuing course of vision therapy to help train the lazy eye to return to normal function, used alongside vision correction such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. As well, should the amblyopia be severe enough, eye patch treatment with the dominant eye covered can also be used to help the brain recognize that the lazy eye needs to be brought to full functionality.
In very extraordinary cases, surgery may be required to realign the lazy eye, however this is often seen as a resolution of last resort.
If amblyopia is detected early and treated effectively, vision loss is preventable with many patients returning to fully functional vision. As well, with effective treatment, amblyopia may never occur again in the same patient.

What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
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Looking for a new pair of designer frames, some prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, or to fill your contact lens prescription? Our eyewear boutique offers the latest fashionable eyewear as well as a diverse selection of contact lenses.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.


1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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