Amblyopia

Amblyopia 2016-11-20T17:22:39+00:00

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
  • Prisms
  • Vision Therapy
  • Eye-Patching

Amblyopia Resource