Amblyopia is a vision problem in young children. It can lead to permanent vision loss if it is not treated by the time the child is 8 or 9 years old. Three out of every 100 adults have permanently reduced vision because they had amblyopia as a child and did not receive treatment.


Most children with amblyopia do not show symptoms. Some children may have a crossed eye, droopy eyelid or cataract.


All children should have annual vision screenings. No child is too young for a full eye examination if they are having any vision problems.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of a complete vision examination and a pair of glasses.


Depending on the severity of the disease, a doctor may prescribe glasses or an eye patch, eye drops or ointment.

If the child has a cataract or other problem with the eye, they may need surgery.

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