What is Amblyopia?
Amblyopia is reduced vision in an eye that has not received adequate use during early childhood. This is also know as "Lazy eye"
Golfergirls Amblyopia was found early and treated with eye patches and she now wears glasses. Looking at her now you would never know she had a lazy eye.
What causes amblyopia?
Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," has many causes. Most often it results from either a misalignment of a child's eyes, such as crossed eyes, or a difference in image quality between the two eyes (one eye focusing better than the other.)
In both cases, one eye becomes stronger, suppressing the image of the other eye. If this condition persists, the weaker eye may becomes useless.
If not treated early enough, an amblyopic eye may never develop good vision and may even become functionally blind.
Although vision assessment beginning at birth has been endorsed by major pediatric and ophthalmologic medical associations, recent studies estimate that only 21% of all preschool children are screened for vision problems and only 14% receive a comprehensive vision exam.
The physician-reviewed, informational quiz, which takes only a few minutes to complete, is comprised of multiple-choice questions covering several areas that can “red flag” signs of a potential vision problem in children of various ages, including such actions as the inability to make steady eye contact, or involuntarily covering one eye to see something better.