Vision is produced by a connection between the brain and eyes. If one eye fails to work in coordination with the brain, vision can be reduced. This is called amblyopia. While the eye is anatomically normal, the brain somehow prefers the other one. This is also called a lazy eye because the eyes are misaligned.
Children are more commonly affected by amblyopia; the condition is preventable and usually affects the child’s 3-dimensional vision. As a consequence, the child’s development, school, athletic performance, and self-esteem are affected. Amblyopia must be diagnosed and treated before the age of 7, otherwise there’s a risk of it becoming permanent. Amblyopia is the most common and preventable visual impairment among children and adults.
If you or your child has symptoms of amblyopia, please contact Riverdale Ophthalmology today for a screening exam.