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Good vision develops during childhood when both eyes have normal alignment. Strabismus may cause reduced vision, or amblyopia, in the weaker eye.

The brain will recognize the image of the better-seeing eye and ignore the image of the weaker or ambyopic eye. This occurs in approximately half the children who have strabismus.

Amblyopia can be treated by patching the “good” eye to strengthen and improve vision in the weaker eye. If amblyopia is detected in the first few years of life, treatment is usually successful.
If treatment is delayed until later, ambyopia usually becomes permanent. As a rule, the earlier ambyopia is treated the better the visual result.

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