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Q: How can I tell if my child has a “lazy eye”?

Posted September 10, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye that is usually unrelated to an eye health problem and is not correctable to normal visual acuity with lenses.  Amblyopia is often associated with crossed eyes or a large difference in prescription between eyes and usually develops before the age of 6.

Symptoms of lazy eye are not always obvious, because the normal eye tends to dominate. Many children may look and act in a normal way. Some may bump into objects on one side or tend to close an eye.  As previously mentioned, consistent eye crossing can be related to this condition.

Treatment for lazy eye may include a combination of prescription lenses, prisms and eye patching. The sooner this condition is treated, the better the outcome. It is not something that will go away on its own.  Because amblyopia can be present without symptoms, we recommend all children have an eye examination before starting school.

Information provided Optometric Associates of Warren County, P.C., 1228 Sunset Drive, Suite A, 981-0224.

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