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Lazy eye


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Symptoms of a lazy eye are not always obvious, but can include squinting when looking at things and not being able to follow objects with your eyes.

You'll have an eye test with an optometrist to check if you or your child has a lazy eye. They'll ask you to look at a light or read letters.

Treatments for a lazy eye include glasses to correct your vision, eye patches, eye drops and surgery.

A lazy eye (amblyopia) is when the vision in 1 eye does not develop properly. Rarely, both eyes can be affected.

Page last reviewed: 04/01/2023
Next review due: 04/01/2026