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Amblyopia or “lazy eye”

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is a condition in which the visual pathways between the eyes and the brain do not develop during childhood. It can be caused by any problem which interferes with vision such as uncorrected refractive errors, squint, droopy eyelids, etc. Amblyopia is treated by first correcting the underlying problem causing poor vision and then rehabilitating the affected eye. Visual rehabilitation is performed by patching the stronger eye to encourage the child to use the weaker eye. With time, the vision in the weaker eye improves. All children must have a routine eye exam with an eye care practitioner (optometrist or ophthalmologist) by the age of 3 to look for any problems which may lead to amblyopia. Author: Dr. Thariq BagusThe medical content provided is not intended to replace a consultation with a health care provider.

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