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What is a lazy eye?


A lazy eye is a broad term used to describe an eye with decrease vision from childhood. This is also another term for amblyopia. A lazy eye can be cause by multiple conditions. The most common conditions that cause a lazy eye are strabismus (eye turn) or a high prescription. Both conditions can be treated affectively as a child before the age of seven with glasses prescription, vision therapy, patching and/or eye muscle surgery. If treated early one may not develop a lazy eye.


However, often even with treatment a child will suppress the eye and amblyopia will develop. This condition will remain stable into adult years. As an adult one will typically have a strong eye and a weak (amblyopic or lazy) eye. There is limited treatment that can be done as an adult.



If one has a lazy eye or amblyopia it is important to wear protective eyewear and polycarbonate lenses. People with amblyopia have a higher chance of injuring their good eye. Shatter proof lenses are a must at all times to protect the good eye.


If an adult with amblyopia or a lazy eye has children there is evidence that there is a genetic influence on the conditions that cause amblyopia. It is important for the infant to get an eye examination early so affective treatment can be done if required to prevent a lazy (amblopic) eye.





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