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Amblyopia (Overview)

Amblyopia is also known as Lazy eye. Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of vision problems in children.


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What is the definition or description of: lazy eye?

What is the definition or description of: lazy eye?

See Below: A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly with the other eye. ...Read more

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Amblyopia (Overview)

Amblyopia is also known as Lazy eye. Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of vision problems in children.


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How does a child develop amblyopia?

How does a child develop amblyopia?

Amblyopia: Amblyopia means loss of vision when the eye is not used. This is caused by a condition called "lazy eye"l. Because of a weak eye muscle(s), the affected eye does not move synchronously with the normal eye. Consequently, the normal eye dominates the function of "seeing" and leaving the affected eye to lose its visual function leading to blindness. If caught early, blindness can be prevented. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

Blurred vision: Amblyopia is a doctor's name for diminished vision, usually in just one eye, in the absence of demonstrable anatomic abnormalities, i.e. The eye exam appears normal. Common causes are a difference in the refraction (how near-sighted or far-sighted) between the eyes, or a misalignment of the eyes. Often no abnormal outward appearace is present, and the condition is discovered on school screenings. ...Read more

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What are some signs I have lazy eye?

Alignment : Lazy eye bot eyes don't align properly causing double vision. If eyes are not alternate patched, prizems or surgery one eye will not deveope and will become nonfunctional (blind). ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix amblyopia?

Is it possible to fix amblyopia?

Yes in children: Amblyopia is treatable in children. The earlier the treatment the better the results. Causes if amblyopia include problems obstruction the view of the eye such as droopy lid, refractive error, cataract, and others. In adults, vision will not improve, protect the good eye with polycarbonate glasses and avoid elective surgery to good eye. Pediatric ophthalmologist can advise best. ...Read more

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Can the wrong eye glass prescription cause a 3 year old eyes to get worse if he is diagnosed as having amblyopia?

Yes: Having the right prescription is very important in the treatment of amblyopia. While there are several causes, the pathway is the same: the brain suppresses the vision in the weak or non dominant eye leading to progressive loss of vision from nonuse. Treatment other than lenses may be necessary. Be sure he is being treated by an expert pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If you have amblyopia, what scores do you get on the vision chart tests?

If you have amblyopia, what scores do you get on the vision chart tests?

Varies widely: The depth of amblyopia generally depends upon the level of blur present during childhood. We generally see visions ranging from 20/30 to as poor as 20/400. Generally acuity improves with single letters which decreases visual confusion. ...Read more

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What should I know about amblyopia?

What should I know about amblyopia?

Turning off vision: The human brain utilized the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may begin turning off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed. ...Read more

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Can drooping eyelids cause amblyopia?

Can drooping eyelids cause amblyopia?

Not always: In children , if a dropping eyelid blocks (or partially) the child's vision, it certainly can, but it won't if the visual axis is wide open or if the patient is an adult. See am ophthalmologist to determine if it is blocking the vision. ...Read more

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What can ill defined optic disc margins mean? I have amblyopia but apparently in the opposite eye. would the amblyopic eye have higher prescription?

What can ill defined optic disc margins mean? I have amblyopia but apparently in the opposite eye.  would the amblyopic eye have higher prescription?

Ill defined margins: ill-defined margins of the optic disc generally are not of any consequence. As long as the optic disc is not swollen and there are signs of normal intracranial pressure, then it is nothing to worry about. Best to check with her doctor for details. ...Read more

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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more


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