Medical Minute: Lazy Eye

By: Jennifer Matthews
By: Jennifer Matthews

Lazy eye. One eye is much weaker than the other. That's what happened to Kiley
Bedwell. For years, he wore glasses with a thick lens over his weaker left eye, and clear glass over his good eye.

"I used to play video games looking to the side, just so my right eye could see the whole thing and my left eye wouldn't. And I would play sports that way, too,” Bedwell explains.

At age 12, Kiley became one of the first children with lazy eye to undergo PRK laser surgery.

"We gently remove a few cells from the surface of the cornea, and then the laser does its work and reshapes the cornea, so that the image is in focus,” Dr. Kenneth Wright tells us.

The procedure, much like this one, is performed while the child is fully awake. There's no actual cutting into the eye. Now 16, Kiley no longer needs glasses.

Though some doctors are hesitant to perform the surgery on children, Dr. Wright says study results are very encouraging.

For more info contact Tina Kiss at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center 310-423-6963.

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