Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
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Ambylopia or lazy eye results in defective vision during childhood without any obvious injury or disease to the eyeball. Ambylopia may be temporary or permanent. There are three main causes of ambylopia: physical occlusion by conditions such as a cataract or drooping eyelid; high or unequal refractive errors and strabismus.
Strabismus or crossed eyes is an abnormal turning of the eye inward or outward. During this condition the brain will ignore the vision from the weaker eye, possibly leading to blindness in that eye. It is important that all children starting at age three have their vision evaluated to make sure they are not at risk for developing ambylopia. If detected in early childhood, it is treatable.