Eye Screening for Children
Accoudring to a U.S. Panel of Experts, children should be screened for lazy eye by age 5. Studies have showed that waiting later could lead to permanent vision problems. Screening should be done between 3 – 5 years old.
Early identification of lazy eye — technically called amblyopia — is critical. If the condition isn’t treated by the time a child is between the ages of 6 and 10 years, vision can be permanently affected.
With lazy eye, the brain and one eye don’t communicate properly. Symptoms may include a wandering eye, eyes that don’t seem to work together, or poor depth perception,
It’s estimated that up to 6 percent of children of preschool age have lazy eye or conditions that increase the risk of it. The other conditions include crossed eyes and the eyes that don’t focus together properly.