Amblyopia, often known as ‘lazy eye’, is an early childhood condition where the child’s vision does not develop properly.
It usually occurs in one eye, but it can occur in both eyes. Amblyopia affects approximately 2% of children.
If it is detected under the age of 7 years, it can often be effectively treated. If it is not treated at a young age it is usually permanent. The treatment in children involves blocking the vision of the good eye so that the lazy eye has to work harder.
In most cases this means patching the normal eye for most or all of the day. Glasses may also be required to help balance an unequal refractive power between the two eyes allowing the brain to use both eyes together.