What is Amblyopia?
- Amblyopia is the medical term for a ‘lazy eye’
- It is the loss/lack of visual development in one of the eyes in the area of central vision
- Peripheral vision is usually not affected
- It is not completely correctable with glasses or contact lenses
- It is not related to any particular eye health issues
What are the Symptoms of Amblyopia?
- Bumping into things on one side
- Favoring one eye over the other
- Crossed eyes
- Other symptoms are not as obvious
What Causes Amblyopia?
- Amblyopia can result from the two eyes not working properly together
- It is often associated with a large difference in prescription between the two eyes or with being cross-eyed
- It can also develop as a result of a childhood cataract
When does Amblyopia Occur?
- Amblyopia usually develops before age 6
- Children born premature are at a higher risk for amblyopia
- The chances of developing amblyopia in adulthood are relatively small
How is Amblyopia Diagnosed?
- Diagnosing amblyopia begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare
- Early diagnosis is critical for intervention and treatment
- Children are recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam by the age of 6 months and again at age 3 to monitor visual development
How is Amblyopia Treated?
- Prescription Lenses
- Vision Therapy