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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) - Causes and Risk Factors

Conditions that interfere with focusing of vision during early childhood can cause amblyopia and these include:

  1. Refractive error is the most common cause of amblyopia in Singapore. Refractive errors that might result in amblyopia include high myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or a significant difference in spectacle degree requirements between each eye (anisometropia). When vision is poor in an eye due to refractive errors, the brain ignores that eye and vision will not develop properly.
  2. Strabismus is the misalignment of eyes, while one eye may focus straight ahead while the other turns in, out, up, or downwards. To avoid seeing double, the child's brain may ignore the image from the misaligned eye, leading to amblyopia.
  3. Deprivational amblyopia occurs when there is blocked vision due to droopy eyelids or early onset cataract.

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