Symptoms and Detection
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What are the symptoms of amblyopia?

  • An eye that wanders inward or outward
  • Eyes that may not appear to work together
  • Poor depth perception

Although the condition usually affects just one eye, it's possible for both eyes to be affected.

When to See a Doctor

Vision checks are often a routine part of well-child checkups, especially if there's a family history of crossed eyes, childhood cataracts or other eye conditions.

A complete eye exam is usually recommended for children between ages 3 and 5. If you notice your child's eye wandering at any time beyond the first few weeks of life, consult your child's doctor for an evaluation. Depending on the circumstances, he or she may refer your child to a doctor who specializes in eye conditions (ophthalmologist or optometrist).