A sluggish eye (amblyopia) is a visual impairment in one eye caused by abnormal visual development at a young age. The weaker – or lazy – eye often wanders inwards or outwards.
Amblyopia usually develops from birth to 7 years of age. It is the leading cause of vision problems in children. In rare cases, a lazy eye affects both eyes.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent your child’s long-term vision problems. The visually impaired eye can usually be corrected with glasses or contact lenses or patch therapy. Lazy eye (amblyopia) Treatment in Hyderabad
Signs and symptoms of sluggish eyes include:
- An eye that wanders inward or outward
- Eyes that don’t seem to work together
- Poor depth perception
- Squint or close one eye
- Head tilt
- Test results for screening for abnormal vision
The sluggish eye develops due to an abnormal visual experience at a young age that changes the nerve pathways between a thin layer of tissue (retina) in the back of the eye and the brain. The weaker eye receives fewer visual signals. Eventually, the eyes’ ability to work together decreases and the brain suppresses or ignores input from the weaker eye. Lazy eye (amblyopia) Treatment in Hyderabad
Factors associated with an increased risk of sluggish eyes include:
- Premature birth
- Small at birth
- Lazy Eye family history
- Developmental disorders
An untreated sluggish eye can lead to permanent vision loss.