What Is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia occurs in early childhood and is the leading cause of decreased vision among children. Amblyopia is characterized as the reduced vision in one eye caused by abnormal visual development early in life. When nerve pathways between the brain and an eye aren't properly stimulated, the brain favors one eye over the other. 


Symptoms include a wandering eye, eyes that may not appear to work together, or poor depth perception. Both eyes may be affected.

 

Our KidSight Outreach screenings also detect the following:

                                                
Strabismus: When the eyes are not directed to an object at the same time.                                                    
Anisometropia: A difference in the need for glasses between the two eyes.        

                                            
Hyperopia: Far-sightedness.    

                                                
Myopia: Near-sightedness.     

                                               
Astigmatism: Unequal focusing of light rays as they enter the eye, causing a blurring of objects.                                                    
Media opacity: An object that prevents light from entering the back of the eye.