Here at Eye Max Centre, we treat lazy eye as well as myopia in children.
WHAT IS LAZY EYE?
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a disorder in which one eye fails to develop clear vision. It is frequently caused by abnormal visual development in childhood, most commonly between the ages of 6 and 9 years. Strabismus (crossed eyes) is one such cause. It is a neuromuscular anomaly that causes one eye to deviate inward, outward, upward, or downward while the other eye remains focused.
The condition occurs when the brain favours the healthy eye while suppressing or shutting down the weaker eye. Squinting, blurred or double vision, poor eye-hand coordination, and decreased depth perception are all symptoms of lazy eye.
Adults can develop lazy eye, which is exacerbated by various causes such as refractive errors, cataracts, ocular trauma, and stroke.
Learn more about lazy eye treatment here.
MYOPIA IN CHILDREN
The incidence of myopia in children in Singapore is on the rise. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 65% of children will have myopia by the age of 12. With more time spent on digital devices and staying indoors, children are also getting myopic at a younger age.
High myopia in children increases the risk of developing a variety of eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration later in life. So, it is important to have eye checks conducted on a regular basis especially if your child’s eyesight is worsening at a rapid rate.
Learn more about child myopia here.