Amblyopia

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia occurs in children when the vision in one eye does not develop as well as it should.

In some situations, the vision in one eye is not as good as the vision in the other eye. When children have unequal vision, their brains learn to “ignore” the vision in the eye that has the blurry vision.

Sometimes children have eyes that cross, or turn in. To avoid double vision, a child’s brain can learn to ignore the vision in the eye that crosses the most.

Often, treatment is as simple as wearing glasses to help focus the vision in the weaker eye. Sometimes glasses can be used to help straighten eyes that cross. In many cases, the stronger eye has to be covered or patched for a period of time, to allow the vision in the weaker eye to improve.

If the conditions that cause amblyopia are not corrected in time, the vision in the weaker eye will become permanently impaired by the time the child reaches adolescence. That is why it is so important to correct the causes of amblyopia in children when they are still young and the vision can still be improved.

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