Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” is a vision problem that occurs most commonly in young children. The problem results in one eye not being able to see images as clearly as the other eye. While it typically only affects one eye, it is possible to affect both eyes.
Amblyopia is technically not an “eye problem.” What happens when someone has a lazy eye is an issue with the brain or the optic nerve. The brain cannot properly interpret the image seen by the affected eye(s), resulting in blurry vision. There are three types of amblyopia, caused by different conditions:
Blurred vision is the main symptom of amblyopia. The symptoms are often disguised, as the affected person can usually still see fine out of one eye.
Typically, amblyopia is a condition present at birth. It does tend to run in families, so genetics do play a part in the risk.
The issue is often not diagnosed until a child has a vision exam. For better results, amblyopia should be diagnosed and treated at an early age. Once it is diagnosed, there are a few options for treatment. Treatment options include:
If your child is experiencing similar symptoms to amblyopia, contact us today. Early diagnosis is essential to future eye health!