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Amblyopia

What is Lazy Eye?

Lazy eye is a condition where the vision in one of the eyes is reduced. The reduction in vision in one eye occurs when the brain favors the other eye.

Lazy eye is very common. It affects about 2 or 3 out of every 100 children in the United States. Lazy eye is also called amblyopia.

What Causes Lazy Eye?

Many different things can cause lazy eye. The most common causes are:

  • An imbalance in the positioning of the two eyes.
  • One eye being more nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic than the other eye.
  • Cataracts.
  • Blockage of an eye due to trauma or lid droop.

How is Lazy Eye Diagnosed?

An eye doctor will used special visual acuity tests and cycloplegic drops to detect lazy eye. Unfortunately, since lazy eye usually occurs in one eye only, many parents and children are unaware of the condition.

Can Lazy Eye be Treated?

Yes. If it is not treated, lazy eye will persist into adulthood. The treatment for children usually involves medication and an eye patch to cover the eye.

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