About Amblyopia

Amblyopia (Lazy Eyes) occurs when one eye is used less than the other from birth to seven years of age, which leads the brain to prefer the better eye. Rarely, amblyopia may affect both eyes (Isometropic/bilateral amblyopia).

What Happens in Amblypia

Amblyopia (Lazy Eyes) is a neuro-developmental visual problem that starts during infancy and early childhood. Those with amblyopia experience reduced eyesight typically in one eye, even when best corrected with glasses or contacts. If left untreated, amblyopia can lead to squint and affect a child’s self-image, work, school, sports, friendships and may also lead towards depression.

Symptoms of Amblypia

  1. Squinting of Eyes

  2. Impaired Depth Perception

  3. Poor eye-hand Coordination

  4. Tripping and / or Accident-Prone

  5. Trouble with Micro eye Movement

  6. Slower Reading Speed and Comprehension

Treatment Options

  • A Non-Surgical Approach Amblyopia (Lazy Eyes)

Eyeglasses or contact lenses (proper lenses can Improve vision and reduce stress so that the under developed eye can start working more efficiently) along with amblyopia therapy (which includes patching therapy & exercise)

  • Retrain the Visual System (Lazy Eyes)

Pushing the weaker eye to work by blocking or fogging the favored eye with special lenses, an eye patch, or eye drops. Now a days, software based amblyopia therapies have been introduced and appear to be quite effective. Early diagnosis and proper amblyopia therapy can improve vision significantly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the amblyopic eye blind?

No, the amblyopic eye isn’t blind. The better eye is favored by the brain so the amblyopic eye isn’t used (lazy eye) upto its potential.

Is amblyopia hereditary?

Yes, it can be but not essentially always. A family history of amblyopia or strabismus and history of low birth weight or premature birth are the risk factors which increase chances of developing Amblyopia in an infant.

At what age should children get their first eye examination?

At about age three (pre school) children should have their first eye examination. The vision of an infant keeps on developing till the age of 8 to 9 years. Early detection of eye problems can sometimes avoid significant sight or vision loss. If there is any family history of amblyopia, then it is best to have your child’s eyes tested promptly.