What is a lazy eye?
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is when one eye is prevented from developing properly, and as a result has poorer vision. It can result from one eye having a much stronger presciption than the other, or from the eyes not being able to line up properly (cross-eyes). It usually develops before 6 years old and if treated early enough (before 13 years old) it can be reversed to a certain degree. The vision in the 'lazy eye' may never be as clear as the good eye, but the sooner it is detected and treated, the better the prognosis . Since it is hard for children to know whether the presciptions in their eyes are different, it is important that they be checked regularly throughout their childhood so that we can ensure their eyes develop properly.