Whenever your child has an eye turn (strabismus) or if they are experiencing unequal vision in their eyes, this is a sign of lazy eye, also known as amblyopia. This condition is treatable through strategies like eye patching or corrective lenses.
Lazy eye affects about 3 out of every 100 children. It can be treated by a variety of different techniques and is most likely to respond well to early treatment in children who are 7 years old or younger.
Amblyopia is a disorder that happens when the brain and one eye don't communicate well. This causes the stronger eye to prefer that vision and suppresses signals from the weaker eye. This leads to blurred or poor vision in the weaker eye and poor depth perception.
Early diagnosis and treatment for amblyopia can help strengthen connections between the eyes and the brain, which will be more successful if they are formed during childhood. This is because the nerves and communication pathways that connect the eyes to the brain form during childhood, making it easier to correct vision problems.
In the past, many people believed that amblyopia treatment can only be effective up until a certain age, typically around age 8. However, new research has shown that vision therapy gets excellent results no matter what the age of your child or you as an adult.