A: Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a vision disorder in which one eye has reduced visual acuity despite the absence of any structural abnormalities.
A: Various factors but the most common causes of amblyopia include strabismus, significant refractive errors, or a combination of both.
A: On average, it affects about 2-3% of the general population.
A: Amblyopia usually occurs during early childhood when the visual system is still developing.
A: A comprehensive examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is recommended.
A: Untreated amblyopia can have long-term effects on visual acuity and depth perception, which in turn can impact visual function and overall quality of life.
A: Glasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to correct refractive errors. A common treatment approach for amblyopia is penalising the stronger eye to encourage the visual development of the weaker eye.
A: The earlier amblyopia treatment begins, ideally before age 7, the better chances of successful vision improvement.
A: Depending on the severity of the amblyopia and the child’s response to treatment, the duration can range from weeks to months, to years.
A: Yes, it can happen, even after successful treatment so regular follow-ups are important.