If one of your child’s eyes looks squint, your child may have amblyopia, also known as a lazy eye, which could need treatment

Amblyopia occurs when the vision in one of your child’s eyes doesn’t develop as it should. It’s a developmental problem in the nerve connecting the eye and brain.

Don’t ignore it!

It sounds serious, and it can be if you ignore it.

Dr Sanjay Dhawan, director of ophthalmology for Max Healthcare in India, says that this condition needs to be treated before the age of about eight or nine years.

“After the age of 10 years, the eye system becomes ‘fixed,’ so it’s very important that parents notice it early in order to get it treated.”

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Fortunately, it can be easily treated without surgery.

Dr Dhawan says amblyopia occurs when the two eyes aren’t working together. He says that treatment means forcing the lazy eye to work harder and therefore ‘catch up’ with the normal eye. This is done by patching the eye for a certain time.

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To learn more about this condition and how it is treated, watch the featured video.

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