Amblyopia (lazy eye) in children

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Learn how the doctor can treat your child's amblyopia.

Key points

  • Amblyopia, sometimes called "lazy eye", means a decrease in fine vision or visual acuity.
  • Amblyopia usually happens in one eye because the brain does not fully develop the vision in that eye.
  • Children under nine are at the highest risk for amblyopia because their vision is still developing.
  • Treatment depends on your child's age and the cause of the amblyopia. Your doctor will explain the best treatment for your child.
Last updated: May 31st 2012