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At SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we have a specific unit that performs accurate diagnostic tests and treatments for this problem.

Even if corrected with glasses, children with amblyopia (lazy eye) will not regain normal visual acuity.

In amblyopia (or lazy eye), early diagnosis is essential. This problem must be detected in the first 5 years in order for it to be resolved. 


To diagnose this condition the followingmust be done:

  • Perform visual acuity tests appropriate to the child's age to facilitate the detection of amblyopia.
  • Determine the cause of the amblyopia: uncorrected or improperly corrected optical graduation, strabismus, whether visible or not, eye disorder (cataracts, retinopathy, etc.).
  • Distinguish amblyopia from other eye disorders, particularly reading deficiencies, as children may have other neuropsychological problems.


  • Besides the classic patch, which is the standard treatment, other measures backed by scientific evidence, such as atropine eye drops or novel glasses with electronically controlled intermittent occlusion, are considered.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department

In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department we diagnose and treat children with vision problems, whatever the complexity.