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What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. Typically only one eye is affected by amblyopia, but it is possible for it to occur in both. The condition is common; approximately 2-3 out of every 100 people has amblyopia.

An individual with amblyopia in one eye are more than 2X as likely to lose vision in the healthy eye due to trauma. If the vision in one eye is lost later in life from an accident or illness-related event, it is critical that the other eye have normal vision. Thus, amblyopia should be detected and treated as early as possible – in infancy or early childhood.

In addition to the well-baby exams that all babies should have as newborns and between ages 6 to 12 months, preschool-aged children should have eye exams between 3 and 4 years old. This is even more important is there is any family history of misaligned eyes, childhood cataracts or a serious eye disease, an optometrist or ophthalmologist should examine the eyes during infancy.

Eye Associates of Cayce - West Columbia offers comprehensive eye exams - including pediatric -which can help diagnose Amblyopia (or "Lazy Eye") and the earliest stages of development.

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