Vision Conditions

Amblyopia

AmblyopiaLazy eye, or amblyopia, is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye. Not correctable with lenses, amblyopia results from a failure or inability to use both eyes together; it is often associated with crossed-eyes or with a large difference in the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes.

It usually develops before the age of six. Symptoms may include noticeably favoring one eye or a tendency to bump into objects on one side. Treatment may include a combination of prescription lenses, prisms, vision therapy (eye exercises) and eye patching to help “teach” the two eyes how to work together. Lazy eye does not go away on its own; if not diagnosed until the pre-teen, teen or adult years, treatment takes longer and is often less effective.

Early diagnosis increases the chance for a complete recovery. Amblyopia is is one reason why we recommend that children have a comprehensive optometric examination by the age of six months and again at age three.