Pronounced: Am-blee-o-pee-aEn Español (Spanish Version)
Amblyopia, often called lazy eye, is a condition that occurs when there is a reduction of vision in 1 eye that is not correctable with glasses.
There are two common types of amblyopia:
- Anisometropic amblyopia—Vision in one eye differs from the other. This is often caused by a large difference in eyeglass prescription. The difference may be caused by 1 eye being more nearsighted or farsighted than the other, or by large differences in astigmatism.
- Strabismic amblyopia— Visible misalignment (crossing) of one eye.
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The sooner amblyopia is treated, the more favorable the outcome.
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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