Normal vision develops rapidly during the first 2 years of life and continues more slowly until about age 9. During that time, a child's eyes and brain learn how to work together to see. Practice is the most important part of this learning process. Constant use of both eyes gives a child's eyes and brain the practice they need to develop normal eyesight.
If there is a problem with vision in one eye, it disrupts this learning process, and the brain stops developing normal vision for that eye. This can lead to amblyopia.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||March 8, 2013|
Last Revised: March 8, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
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