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AMYLOPIA

AMYLOPIA

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AMYLOPIA

Amblyopia, often referred to as “lazy eye,” is a vision disorder that occurs when one eye has reduced visual acuity (sharpness of vision) compared to the other eye. The brain favors the stronger eye, leading to underused vision in the affected eye.

reduced visual acuity

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The most common symptom of amblyopia is reduced visual acuity (sharpness of vision) in one eye. The affected eye may not see as clearly as the other, even with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

poor depth perception

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Amblyopia can lead to reduced depth perception, making it challenging to judge distances accurately. Children may struggle with tasks such as catching a ball or pouring liquids.

squinting

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Children with amblyopia may frequently squint or close one eye, especially when trying to focus on objects. This behavior can help them see more clearly using the better-seeing eye.

tilting/turning head

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Some children may tilt or turn their heads to one side to improve vision, particularly when trying to align their better-seeing eye with the object of interest.

eye fatigue/strain

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The eye affected by amblyopia may tire easily, leading to eye strain or discomfort during visual tasks.
headaches

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Some children with amblyopia may experience headaches, especially when attempting to use the weaker eye for extended periods.
misalignment of eyes

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If amblyopia is associated with strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes), one eye may visibly deviate inwards or outwards.
difficulty of visual tasks

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Children with amblyopia may perform poorly in activities that require good vision, such as reading, writing, drawing, or recognizing objects or faces.
Risk Factors

Significant differences in refractive errors.

Early-onset cataracts in one eye.

Severe eye injuries or trauma.

Family history of amblyopia.

A genetic component to amblyopia.

Ptosis - drooping of the upper eyelid.

Strabismus - crossed or misaligned eyes.

Amblyopia is often asymptomatic in its early stages, and the child may not be aware of the visual impairment. Amblyopia is usually detected during routine eye screenings or comprehensive eye examinations performed by an eye care specialist.

If you notice any of these signs or suspect that your child may have amblyopia, or if there is a family history of the condition, it is advisable to schedule an eye examination with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. 

Treatment Types

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The choice of treatment depends on the individual’s age, the severity of amblyopia, the underlying causes, and the preferences of the eye care specialist and patient. Early intervention is crucial to maximize the success of treatment. It’s essential to follow the prescribed treatment plan consistently and attend regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress. Successful treatment can significantly improve vision in the weaker eye and promote better overall visual function.

FAQ

  • What Is Amylopia? Amblyopia, often referred to as “lazy eye,” is a vision disorder that occurs when one eye has reduced visual acuity (sharpness of vision) compared to the other eye. The brain favors the stronger eye, leading to underused vision in the affected eye.
  • What Causes Amylopia/ Amblyopia can be caused by various factors, including significant differences in refractive errors between the eyes, strabismus (misaligned eyes), early childhood cataracts, ptosis (drooping eyelid), and eye injuries or trauma.
  • How Is Amylopia Diagnosed? Amblyopia is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The examination assesses visual acuity, refractive errors, eye alignment, and the overall health of the eyes.
  • What Are The Common Treatment? Common treatments include eyeglasses to correct refractive errors, patching the stronger eye, using atropine drops in the stronger eye, and vision therapy (orthoptics). The choice of treatment depends on the underlying cause and the individual’s age and preferences.
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