Causes and Treatments

Bucky LaFountain


What is Amblyopia? Amblyopia (also sometimes referred to as lazy eye) is a medical term used to describe the occurrence of reduced vision in one eye compared to the other. This disorder is caused by the failure of the weaker eye to properly work with the brain causing the brain to favor the other stronger eye. Amblyopia is a common visual impairment among children where the incidence of occurrence in children is between two to three percent. If the problem is not addressed during childhood it could persist into adulthood so lets take a deeper look into what causes this disorder and how it is treated?


Amblyopia, as a disorder, can encompass anyone who requires a vision correction for either farsightedness or nearsightedness and virtually anything in between. In fact, anyone that requires any type of vision correction that may inhibit the eye from properly focusing light onto the retina and seeing clearly can be afflicted. For example, one common cause can be due to the misalignment of the eyes which forces the brain to allocate a preference to one eye over the other.


There are various common treatments for amblyopia. Most include training the brain to depend and use the weaker eye more in an effort to strengthen its vision. The two most common treatments used to achieve this is Atropine and Patching.

Although the National Institute of Health supports the premise that treating amblyopia has a higher success rate in very young children clinical trials have shown that children between the ages of seven and seventeen also benefited from this treatment. Amblyopia is a vision impairment problem that impacts millions of people however it can be treated relatively easily. If someone you know suffers from this disorder have them or their care giver contact an eye doctor for an appropriate course of action and treatment.

Sources: National Institute of Health


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