Lazy eye, also called amblyopia, is an early childhood vision condition that occurs due to eye developmental anomaly. As a result of this anomaly, the eye does not develop as it should. This affects visual acuity in a way that cannot be corrected with the use of eyeglasses or lenses.
Amblyopia is fairly common among children since it starts during infancy and early childhood. The condition normally affects one eye but may also occur in both eyes. If it is detected early, it is possible to stop further reduction of vision. However, if it is not detected early or it is ignored, lazy eye may lead to permanent loss of vision.
1. Symptoms of Lazy Eye
The symptoms are hard to spot since the condition mainly occurs during childhood and infancy. One of the most common causes of amblyopia is strabismus or eye misalignment, with the crossed eyes being the most noticeable symptom. If you notice crossed eyes, or any other misalignment, schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist and get your childs eyes checked as soon as possible. Also, if your child cries or fusses when you cover one of their eyes, you need to have the childs eyes be checked. It is an easy test and you can do it at home. Cover one eye and if your child is bothered, it means that you covered the eye with no problem. Cover the other eye and, in most cases, your child will not be bothered since they can see around normally with the good eye.