What is Amblyopia?

More commonly known as Lazy Eye

Amblyopia, more commonly known as ‘lazy eye’, is a condition where the vision in an eye does not develop properly and remains poor even after correcting with glasses or contact lenses. In most cases, only one eye is affected, but sometimes it can affect both eyes.

Amblyopia usually presents in early life meaning that your child will be able to see less clearly out of one eye and will rely more on their ‘good’ eye. Without appropriate treatment, their brain will learn to ignore the blurred image that comes from the weaker eye, which can lead to permanent vision problems. Often, amblyopia can be detected at a child’s first eye examination and if it is treated early enough, the vision in the weaker eye can be improved.