Amblyopia is an early childhood condition where the childs vision does not develop properly. It usually occurs in one eye, but it can occur in both eyes. Sometimes referred to as lazy eye, amblyopia affects about 1 in 25 children. If your child has amblyopia she/he does not receive and send clear images. This means that your child is unable to focus properly with one of their eyes. However, the other eye will often make up for the problems in the affected eye, resulting in the affected eye becoming lazy. Also, a child may not notice that there is a problem.
Your child's pediatrician or the vision program at school will check three features of your child's eye health: Do your child's eyes let light all the way through? Do both eyes see equally well? Are the eyes moving normally? Are they aligned normally? If there seems to be a problem (something blocking the light, the vision is unequal, a problem with the movement of the eyes). There are several types of treatment for amblyopia. They need to be started as soon as possible after diagnosis, and when the child is young. Treatment works best in children under 6 years, and maybe up to around 10. Patching.
Amblyopia often starts before there is any obvious sign that something is wrong. This is why babies and young children need to have their eyes checked at regularly scheduled appointments with the doc