What is amblyopia or lazy eye?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye in common terminology, means that the eye is structurally normal when you examine it, however when you test the vision it is quite reduced. Now, why does this happen? It can happen for many different reasons. A squint can cause amblyopia. A squint is where the eye is often moving in or out and therefore not supplying the brain with a high-quality image. Amblyopia can also occur if the focus is not right in that eye, and therefore the image is quite blurry, or there’s perhaps a disease process going on in the eye.

What is amblyopia or lazy eye? Amblyopia or lazy eye means that eye is structurally normal but the vision is reduced. It is important to have amblyopia treated early.

It’s critical to get amblyopia treated early (the earlier, the better) because the child’s vision is growing and developing in the first few years of life and there is the ability to influence that development and treat any laziness or underlying condition that is happening. When the child gets older, their response to treatment reduces because the brain is becoming more hardwired and the period of growth is coming to an end.

By |2017-09-29T16:01:33+00:00January 11th, 2018|Children's Eye Conditions, Eye Conditions|Comments Off on What is amblyopia or lazy eye?

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