Meaning of amblyopia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌamblɪˈəʊpɪə/


mass nounMedicine
  • Impaired or dim vision without obvious defect or change in the eye.

    ‘This is very important, because it is estimated that as many as three percent of children in the U.S. have some degree of vision impairment due to amblyopia.’
    • ‘Despite problems with follow-up, this study provides evidence that early detection and intervention for amblyopia improves vision in young children.’
    • ‘They asked the surgeons to inform them of people with amblyopia who had lost vision in their good eye as adults.’
    • ‘Treatment improved the vision of many of the 507 older children with amblyopia studied at 49 eye centers.’
    • ‘Early detection of amblyopia is critical to your child's eyesight.’


Early 18th century from Greek ambluōpia ‘short-sightedness’, from ambluōpos (adjective), from amblus ‘dull’ + ōps, ōp- ‘eye’.