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Is there a difference between strabismus and amblyopia

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
20 years experience Ophthalmology
They are differnt: Strabismus is when the eyes are not properly aligned so that one eye is deviated. Amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes because the image ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Vision vs position : Amblyopia is the lowering of vision in one eye due to structural or position defects in infancy and childhood. Strabismus is the general term for eye ... Read More
A 37-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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosen
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Lazy eye (amblyopia) may occur without any evidence of strabismus.
A 38-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 50-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
A 41-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.
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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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Shatz
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, but...: Adult strabismus can be surgically corrected, but may recur over time and may need to be re-treated. Glasses with prism can help and prevent the need ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
See a doctor!: To determine if you have either of these issues you will need to see an eye professional for an examination.
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