Some symptoms of amblyopia (lazy eye) to look for in a child include: 

  • Poor vision in one eye or overall poor vision
  • Squinting, tilting the head or closing one eye to see
  • Poor depth perception (difficulty judging relative distances between objects)
  • An inward- or outward-wandering eye
  • Headaches


A wandering eye is a symptom of amblyopia.

If a parent notices these symptoms in their child, it is very important that the child be examined by an ophthalmologist. Lazy eye correction or treatment should begin as soon as possible so that the child's visual system can develop properly.

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Reviewed by Dr. Denise Satterfield on Sept. 1, 2013

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