Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Q: What is Amblyopia?
A. Amblyopia or lazy eye is when structurally the eye is normal but functionally vision is poor.
Q: Why does this happen?
A. The brain ignores this eye either because of squint or number difference between the two eyes is very high or there is a very high number in the eyes. Opacities either of the cornea or cataract can also cause Amblyopia.
Q: How can I identify a lazy eye?
A. If any child has a white spot in the eye, goes very close to watch TV, squinting of eye etc.. an immediate eye check should be done. Ideally all children of 4-5yrs. age should have all eye check-up at least once.
Q: Does Amblyopia require separate treatment?
A. Yes. Treatment of lazy eye may involve drugs, glasses, surgery for squint or cataract or patching of the normal eye for a few hours of a day for a few weeks. This is to make the brain see from the lazy eye.
Q. Is there any specialized treatment available for lazy eye?
A. Yes. Machine based exercise help to achieve faster recovery.
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