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Understanding Vision Problems -- the Basics

Crossed Eyes, Wall Eye (Strabismus), and Lazy Eye (Amblyopia) continued...

Amblyopia is a serious problem for children. As long as the underlying eye problem remains untreated, the vision in the weaker eye does not develop fully. Lazy eye can also result from other eye problems, such as:

  • Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid).
  • A significant refractive error in one eye. If an infant has one eye that has significantly more uncorrected nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism than the fellow eye, amblyopia can develop.

If detected early, amblyopia can be reversed by first treating the underlying cause. Then, with patching and/or eye drops applied to the better eye, the weaker eye can be forced to recover useful function.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on March 29, 2013

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