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    Beware of Symptoms of Lazy Eyes or Amblyopia

    Beware of Symptoms of Lazy Eyes or Amblyopia

    Have you ever heard the term amblyopia or so-called lazy eye? This is the condition that most often occurs in children, if left this symptom can be carried away until the child grows up. Then what are the dangers, signs and symptoms to watch out for?

    Amblyopia or lazy eye is a decrease in vision due to the nerves of the eye and brain that are not working properly. This condition is characterized by the vision of one side of the eye that is worse than the other eye. Unconsciously, the difference in the quality of eye vision will make the brain ignore signals or impulses from weaker eyes, or lazy eyes. Sometimes this causes weak (lazy) eyes to move indefinitely in the direction of going out, inward, up or down. When the eyes move indefinitely in this direction, the condition is called strabismus.

    Amblyopia usually develops in early childhood is generally known when children are 4 years old and are the main cause of loss of vision in children. Children rarely know that they have a visual impairment or cannot explain, so lazy eyes are a condition that is difficult to detect. Early vision screening by pediatricians, family doctors or ophthalmologists is important in detecting children with amblyopia as young as possible. In addition, parents should be aware of the following symptoms and clinical signs:

    • Eyes that look squint next to
    • Cannot measure distance
    • Movement of both eyes that are out of sync
    • Often squint or close one eye


    Children are recommended to undergo a complete eye examination at 3-5 years of age, because most children of this age can respond to eye tests through this examination. The severity of lazy eyes and their impact on a child’s vision will determine the appropriate treatment steps. Lazy eyes cannot be treated with surgery, it can only be treated when the patient is still small. Because after the age of 6 years the success rate of treatment goes down. Some treatments that are generally recommended by doctors include: –

    – Glasses, to overcome eye disorders such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Cross eyes and lazy eyes can also sometimes be handled with glasses
    – Eye patch, which is used in normal eyes to stimulate bad eyes. This method is most effective for people with toddlers and eye patches are generally used for 2-6 hours per day
    – Eye drops, so that normal eyes become blurred. This will encourage children to use their lazy eyes. But eye drops have the potential to trigger side effects in the form of eye irritation, skin redness and headaches


    Eyes are very valuable life assets, especially your children. It’s time to pay more attention to how your child’s eye health is by doing eye care. The SMEC eye hospital can be your mainstay to conduct eye examinations for your family, with adequate facilities and doctors who are experts to make the handling of your and your family’s complaints well resolved.

    You can find SMEC eye hospitals in Medan, Balikpapan, Pekanbaru, Kabanjahe, Samarinda, Jakarta, Manado and Malang. Begin checking your child’s eyes early to avoid “lazy eyes”.

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