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Is there a difference between a lazy eye and a strabismus

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosen
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Lazy eye (amblyopia) may occur without any evidence of strabismus.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Strabismus is the generic term for eyes that are out of alignment. A consequence of this in some cases is the popular term 'lazy eye' which indicates ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
A lot: Strabismus is the term used when the eyes do not move exactly synchronously. It is accompanied by double vision. If it is not corrected the brain igno ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Eye function: Lazy eye is a lay term usually used to designate the vision loss that occurs when the brain turns off the eye input because it is fuzzy or misaligned ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Lazy eye: They mean the same. The terms both refer to a defective eye muscle.
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Alignment/vision: Strabismus is a simple failure of the eyes to line up & focus on the same point.There are several potential causes. Over time this might lead to l ... Read More
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Dr. Inna Ozerov
22 years experience Ophthalmology
"Lazy : "lazy eye" is a lay term for amblyopia, where one eye is favored over the other by the brain. There are many reasons why this could happen, one of th ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lerraughn Morgan
8 years experience Pediatrics
Muscle/visual acuity: Lazy eye (aka amblyopia) is reduced visual acuity usually from abnormal development. Strabismus is an imbalance in the muscles of the eye which result ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
23 years experience Ophthalmology
They can be mutual!: Amblyopia results from the brain not learning how to use the information from the eye. Sources of that may be refraction (glasses), deprivation (eye ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Both generic: Both these terms are generically used for ocular motility disorders. "lazy eye" is a laymen's term. Strabismus is the medical term for any misalignme ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Seck
16 years experience Pediatrics
Depnds on definition: Lazy eye can refer either to the fact that the eyes don't line up right (one eye is too lazy to keep up with the other), also known as strabismus, or ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not: Ambliopia (lazy eye) is the process where the brain ignores the "camera" picture from one eye because it is less clear or causes double vision. It can ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Rx May help: Ambliopia is the process where the brain ignores the "camera" picture from one eye because it is less clear or causes double vision. It can sometimes ... Read More

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