What is the difference between amblyopia and squint?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, and a squint, or strabismus as it’s called in medical terminology, can be interconnected. Strabismus, or a squint, is when the eye deviates from its normal position. It can deviate inwards or outwards or even up or down, and it can affect one eye or both eyes at the same time. A squint can lead to a lazy eye – it is one of the causes of a lazy eye. A lazy eye is when the eye is structurally normal but, when we test the vision, we find that the vision is quite reduced. That is because the eye is not connecting with the brain quite as well as it should.

What is the difference between amblyopia and squint? Although the two can be interconnected, squint is when the eye deviates from its original position. Amblyopia is when the one eye has reduced vision. It is important to get your child checked as early as possible if you notice any symptoms.

There is a critical period of growth in the first few years of life when the vision is growing and developing. If the eye deviates one way or the other, that period of growth is interrupted. The quality of vision from that eye is not very good, and it results in the eye becoming lazy, a condition known as amblyopia. If it is a squint, we need to address why the eye is squinting. It could be something as simple as glasses, or it could be something else that must be tackled. In paediatric ophthalmology, we do a careful assessment of the eye as well as of all the eye movements to decide what is going on and what is the right treatment for that particular child.

By |2017-09-29T15:57:38+00:00December 28th, 2017|Children's Eye Conditions, Eye Conditions, Squint|Comments Off on What is the difference between amblyopia and squint?

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