Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

What is Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)?

Amblyopia (“lazy eye”) is the condition wherein the brain does not fully acknowledge the signals coming in from that eye, so it relies on the other eye, which becomes dominant. When looking at the non-dominant eye, it may look normal to the outside viewer. In some cases, that eye may be misaligned with the dominant eye such as turning inward (endotropia) or outward (esotropia).

Insufficient development of the vision system in early childhood is the cause of amblyopia; it is a significant cause of lifelong vision difficulty. Strabismus is a common cause of amblyopia and can have important effects on social integration. Amblyopia is considered to be a cause of blindness that is preventable through early treatment and other treatment options that have been evolving over the years.