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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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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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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Tip)

Treating a Lazy Eye

It's important for patients with an amblyopia to protect their good eye when doing risky activities. ...See more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect amblyopic eye
96 Hrs, Once for Once
Get annual eye exam
1 Yrs, Yearly for 1 Yrs, Yearly, forever
Use low vision aids if severe
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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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Tip)

Treating a Lazy Eye

Amblyopia does not have to be a handicap. You can readily adapt and lead a normal functional life. ...See 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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Treating a Lazy Eye (Tip)

Treating a Lazy Eye

Unless the eyes are misaligned, amblyopia is your private issue as no-one else will notice it. ...See 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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