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Pediatric Amblyopia (lazy eye)

What You Need to Know

Amblyopia, often called "lazy eye" is poor sight in a normal eye.

Every year hundreds of children are evaluated and treated at Children’s National Hospital for amblyopia ("lazy eye") and its underlying causes. Children's National pediatric ophthalmologists have extensive experience in identifying and treating the condition, which affects 4-5% of the population.

Amblyopia is almost always treatable if detected early. With increased awareness, early vision screening and referral, and timely diagnosis and management of amblyopia, proper visual acuity can be restored. Drawing on their wide experience, Children's National pediatric ophthalmologists will design an individualized treatment plan for each child.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is amblyopia (lazy eye)?

What are the symptoms of lazy eye in children?

How is lazy eye in children diagnosed?

What is included in the treatment of lazy eye in children?

What is the long-term outlook for a child with lazy eye?

All members of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Team are trained to detect, properly diagnose, and manage strabismus in children and adults. Learn more about the Division of Ophthalmology and our locations or call us at 202-476-3015.

Providers Who Treat Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Departments that Treat Amblyopia (lazy eye)


Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.

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