Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia (commonly known as lazy eye), is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. This condition affects approximately two or three out of every 100 people. The best time to correct amblyopia is during infancy or early childhood. It is recommended that all children have their vision checked at or before the age of four.

To correct amblyopia, a child must be made to use the weak eye. This is usually done by patching or covering the strong eye. If patching is not possible, amblyopia may also be treated by blurring vision in the good eye with special eyedrops or lenses which forces the child to use the weak eye. Glasses may be prescribed to correct refractive errors.