Amblyopia (Lazy eye)

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is reduction in vision that cannot entirely be attributed to the effect of a structural abnormality of the eye or the brain. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. Amblyopia usually involves one eye and is caused by abnormal visual experience early in childhood from one of the following:

– Strabismus (squint)
– Anisometropia (inequality of the refractive power of the two eyes)
– Visual deprivation (e.g. untreated cataract in children)
Timely intervention before the age of 8 years old could completely or partially reverse amblyopia.

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