What is lazy eye or amblyopia?
Amblyopia or "lazy eye" is the loss of ability to clearly see clearly through one eye. Furthermore, amblyopia is the most common vision pathology in children. Normally, it occurs by a lack of visual stimulation during visual development period in children. This condition is usually diagnosed in childhood and if it is not corrected soon, it can potentially cause amblyopia and "lazy eye" during adulthood wich can not be corrected.
What are the symptoms?
Parents or teachers may suspect if, for example, the child:
- He diverts an eye to one side.
- He doesn’t properly identifie people.
- He Takes objects very close to its face.
In most cases, if seeing correctly with one eye, the child develops normally and amblyopia is not detected until it comes to a consultation by the ophthalmologist.
Lazy eye (amblyopia) is caused by abnormal visual development, also caused by other pathologies that the patient may suffer as strabismus
or anisometropia (one eye dominates the other). Early diagnosis and treatment can help preventing long-term problems of your child's vision.
Early treatment of amblyopia or lazy eye is usually simple, employing eyeglasses, drops, Vision Therapy, and/or eye patching. It is essential to detect and correct amblyopia in time, because 100% vision can be usually restored when detected at the right time.
If amblyopia is not detected before early childhood, treatment may not be successful. Amblyopia needs to be found and treated extremely soon — within the first few months of life — in order to be treated successfully.