It is not easy to recognize amblyopia (lazy eye) in children. A child may not be aware of having one stronger eye and one weaker eye. Unless the child has an eye that is misaligned or another condition that can be seen, there is often no way for parents to tell that something is wrong.
Some symptoms of amblyopia (lazy eye) to look for in a child include:
- Poor vision in one eye or overall poor vision
- Squinting, tilting the head or closing one eye to see
- Poor depth perception (difficulty judging relative distances between objects)
- An inward- or outward-wandering eye
If a parent notices these symptoms in their child, it is very important that the child be examined by an ophthalmologist. Lazy eye correction or treatment should begin as soon as possible so that the child's visual system can develop properly.
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