amblyopia

noun

am·​bly·​opia ˌam-blē-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce amblyopia (audio)
: reduced vision typically in one eye that results from the brain suppressing input from the affected eye due to unequal visual signals from each eye (as from strabismus or anisometropia) leading to poor development of visual acuity in the affected eye
Sometimes the misalignment produces double vision. In such cases the brain's solution is to suppress the input from one eye. Eventually this input will wither, and the vision from that eye will become permanently poor—a condition called amblyopiaMargaret S. Livingstone et al.

called also lazy eye

amblyopic adjective

Examples of amblyopia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The support page also notes that people with some medical conditions, like drooping eyelids, changes in eye alignment (i.e., strabismus or amblyopia), or uncontrolled eye movements, may have difficulties using the Vision Pro’s eye tracking. Victoria Song, The Verge, 19 Jan. 2024 Rafferty, 26, was born with amblyopia. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Addressing amblyopia as early as possible is important. Dagny Zhu, Verywell Health, 26 Jan. 2023 At age 5 or 6, Rafferty was diagnosed with amblyopia, a condition that develops in early childhood because of issues with connections between the eye and brain. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 Camille, however, had none of those symptoms when she was diagnosed with amblyopia. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 Since doing so, hundreds of parents of children with amblyopia have reached out to Truffles on Instagram with emotional words of gratitude. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 Right wing Mike Gartner set an NHL record for most 30-goal seasons (17) and scored 708 goals in a Hall of Fame career while concealing he had been born with amblyopia in his right eye. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek amblyōpia, from amblys blunt, dull + -ōpia -opia — more at mollify

First Known Use

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amblyopia was circa 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Amblyopia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amblyopia. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

amblyopia

noun
am·​bly·​opia ˌam-blē-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce amblyopia (audio)
: reduced vision in one eye that results from poor development of the part of the brain which serves the affected eye

called also lazy eye

Medical Definition

amblyopia

noun
am·​bly·​opia ˌam-blē-ˈō-pē-ə How to pronounce amblyopia (audio)
: reduced vision typically in one eye that results from the brain suppressing input from the affected eye due to unequal visual signals from each eye (as from strabismus or anisometropia) leading to poor development of visual acuity in the affected eye
Sometimes the misalignment produces double vision. In such cases the brain's solution is to suppress the input from one eye. Eventually this input will wither, and the vision from that eye will become permanently poor—a condition called amblyopiaMargaret S. Livingstone et al.

called also lazy eye, lazy-eye blindness

amblyopic adjective

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