Child Amblyopia


The terms cross-eyed or lazy eye are common – and not-so-nice – nicknames for a group of common eye problems known as amblyopia. This condition occurs when the vision in one eye is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together as well as they should.

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual problems in young children, affecting approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children.

The most common causes of amblyopia are:

  • Inability of one eye to focus as well as the other one, because one eye is nearsighted or farsighted.
  • Misalignment of the eyes, also called strabismus (crossed eyes).
  • Clouding of the front part of the eye, a condition called cataract.

The condition often shows up early, in newborns and infants. And the earlier that treatment starts, the better.

The Mercy Kids team includes eye specialists, known as a pediatric opthamologists. They are experts in detecting and treating childhood eye conditions, including amblyopia. We’ll provide compassionate, professional care for your child that will having him or her seeing more clearly.

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