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What does it mean if my child has a lazy eye?

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Some kids have a lazy eye. You might hear her doctor call it amblyopia. She may not have symptoms, but the doctor should be able to spot it during a regular eye exam. He can usually correct (or improve) it if he finds and treats it early enough. She may have to wear an eye patch on her stronger eye. It’s rare, but some kids need surgery.

SOURCES:

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian: "Warning Signs for Vision Problems."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Vision Problems in Children."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Vision Problems."

American Optometric Association: "Ready for School."

O'Keefe M. , January 2004. British Journal of Ophthalmology

Fecarotta C. , September 2010. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Glaucoma.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Cataracts.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian: "Warning Signs for Vision Problems."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Vision Problems in Children."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Vision Problems."

American Optometric Association: "Ready for School."

O'Keefe M. , January 2004. British Journal of Ophthalmology

Fecarotta C. , September 2010. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Glaucoma.”

Children’s Hospital Boston: “Cataracts.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on July 7, 2019

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