When a child develops a lazy eye, parents may observe that their child faces difficulty focusing on objects, or they squint or shut one of the eyes to view the objects or surroundings clearly. Often, the child’s eyes may appear to turn inward, outward, or they may not work together in coordination.
Older children may also complain of poor perception of depth and an inability to view things clearly from a distance, such as writing on the classroom board.
|Childhood Amblyopia||Adult Amblyopia|
● The child may be seen squinting or shutting one eye.
● Parents may be able to see uncoordinated eye movements in their child.
● The child may complain of inability to view the classroom board clearly.
● Blurred or double vision
● Poor depth perception
● Increased complaints of eye strain.
In severe cases such as cataracts, immediate surgery is essential to prevent loss of vision. Surgery may also be performed for strabismus (muscle weakness of the eyes) or to improve the refractive error. Lazy eye surgery for adults can be a risky affair.