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Does my child has lazy eyes?

Posted on October 20, 2016 Share


What is it?

Amblyopia, also called “lazy eye”, occurs when the nerve connections between the brain and eye are not properly developed during a child’s early years resulting in poor vision which cannot be fully corrected later in life. The decrease in vision occurs when one or both eyes send blurry images to the brain.



Parents might not be able to detect this condition in infants and toddlers as the symptoms are not easily recognized.

Some signs and symptoms:
  • An eye that wanders inward or outward
  • Your child cries or fusses when you cover one of the eyes
  • Inability to judge depth
  • Eyes that do not appear to work or move together


Early detection of Amblyopia is essential to successful treatments, and prevention of permanent vision problems.

  • Glasses or contact lenses (Nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
    • In cases of amblyopia due to refractive error, normal vision may be achieved with corrective eyewear.
  • Eye Patches (On the normal eye)
    • The lazy eye must be forced to work so that the visual cells are stimulated, training the brain to recognize the image from the lazy eye.
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