Amblyopia, or “Lazy Eye”


Amblyopia is sometimes called “Lazy Eye”. The brain and the eyes work together to produce vision. The eye focuses light on the back part of the eye known as the retina. Cells of the retina then trigger nerve signals that travel along the optic nerves to the brain. Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision of one eye is reduced because it fails to work properly with the brain. The eye itself looks normal, but for various reasons the brain favors the other eye.

Amblyopia affects almost 3% of the children in the US. Unless it is successfully treated early , amblyopia usually persists into latter years. Amblyopia is the most common cause of one eye visual impairment among young and middle age adults.

How do you find an Eye Care Professional who might be able to help you or your child with Amblyopia?

  • Ask family members and friends about eye care professionals they use.
  • Ask your family doctor for the name of a local eye care specialist.
  • Call the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital or university medical center.


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