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Amblyopia: Lazy Eye

Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. It is sometimes called "lazy eye." When one eye develops good vision while the other does not, the eye with the poorer vision is called amblyopic. Usually, only one eye is affected by amblyopia, but it is possible for both eyes to be "lazy." Approximately two or three out of every 100 people has amblyopia. The best time to correct amblyopia is during infancy or early childhood.

Amblyopia in children and adults

In order to have normal vision, it is important that both eyes develop equal vision. If a child has amblyopia and cannot use his or her eyes normally, vision does not develop properly and may even decrease.

From birth to early childhood vision improves and visual system continues to develop. After the first nine years of life, the visual system is fully developed and in a normal child. Therefore the treatment of amblyopia should be started as soon as it is detected.

If amblyopia treatment is not begun as early as possible, the amblyopic eye may develop a serious and permanent visual defect, depth perception (seeing in three dimensions) may be lost, because both eyes do not have equal vision and if due to any reason the good eye becomes diseased or injured, it can mean a lifetime of poor vision.

At EMLC our team of  pediatric ophthalmologist and the optometrists will guide you to  treat amblyopia and help you and your child to successfully carry out this treatment.


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