Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia is a disorder of the eye that is characterized by poor or indistinct
vision in an eye that is otherwise physically normal, or out of proportion
to associated structural abnormalities.
The problem is caused by either no transmission or poor transmission of
the visual image to the brain for a sustained period of dysfunction or
during early childhood. There can be various causes of amblyopia such
as impairment of vision as a result of alcohol poisoning, impairment caused
by toxic influences, trauma, etc. However the most common type of amblyopia
is strabismus which means of suppression of vision in one eye to avoid
double vision. If a young child has a weak muscle in one eye, and the
focus in such a way as to give the child double vision, the child’s
brain will not accept this and learns to suppress the vision in one eye
to eliminate the double image.
This condition must be detected early or the “lazy” eye may
never learn to see well. Many times the parent will notice that one of
the child’s eyes drifts out or turns in. The child should be examined
by an ophthalmologist who will then treat the condition in whatever manner
he deems appropriate. Sometimes the stronger eye is patched for periods
of time to force the weaker eye to see, or perhaps special glasses will
be given to the child. Other times, surgery to the eye muscles will be
required. If treatment is not obtained by the time is approximately six
years old, the lazy eye’s vision will probably not improve over time.
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