A Picture of the Eye
- Amblyopia: Often called lazy eye, this condition starts in childhood. One eye sees better than the other, so your brain favors that eye. The weaker eye, which may or may not wander, is called the "lazy eye."
- Astigmatism: A problem with the curve of your cornea. If you have it, your eye can’t focus light onto the retina the way it should. Glasses, contact lenses, or surgery can correct the blurry vision it causes.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness): You can’t see near objects clearly. It can happen when your eye is "too short” for the lens to focus light the way it should. Age can also weaken the muscles you use to focus.
- Myopia (nearsightedness): You can’t see clearly at a distance. Your eye is "too long” for the lens, so light won’t focus properly on your retina.
- Strabismus: When the eyes don’t point in the same direction. Your brain may favor one eye. If it happens to a kid, it can decrease vision in the other eye. This condition is called amblyopia.