Does amblyopia run in families?

It is believed that amblyopia (lazy eye) can be passed down by parents. This is not the only cause of the vision condition though, so other factors may be to blame. Early diagnosis is important, so it's a good idea to have your child's vision checked regularly, especially if other family members have developed lazy eye.

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Can my child catch a lazy eye (amblyopia) from another child?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Amblyopia is a vision condition also referred to as lazy eye. It occurs when development between the...
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Can amplyopia reoccur after corrective surgery?
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It is possible for amblyopia and strabismus to recur after treatment.  Follow-up with your eye docto...
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Why is amblyopia also called lazy eye?
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Amblyopia received its lazy eye nickname because of a common symptom of the eye condition. When affe...
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