Amblyopia / Lazy Eye

Amblyopia is a vision development illness in which an eye fails to reach the standard visual acuity, even with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Also called lazy eye, amblyopia starts during infancy and early childhood. In most cases, only one eye is affected. If lazy eye is noticed early in life and promptly treated, reduced vision can be avoided. But untouched lazy eye can cause permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.

What causes amblyopia?
Anything that hazes the kidsí vision or causes the eyes to cross or turn out may result in lazy eye. Typical causes of the condition include: Muscle imbalance (strabismus). Commonly cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles that position the eyes.

Amblyopia signs and symptoms
• A common cause of amblyopia is misalignment of the eyes - a condition called strabismus.
•  Another clue your child may have a lazy eye is if he or she cries or fusses when youcover one eye.

What causes a Lazy Eye?
Strabismic amblyopia:- Strabismus is the greatest cause of lazy eye. To avoid dual vision caused by poorly aligned eyes, the brain will overlook the visual input from the misaligned eye, leading to amblyopia in that eye (the "lazy eye"). This type of amblyopia is called strabismic amblyopia.