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Do you think i should i get a surgery to fix my lazy eye?

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Dr. Kurt Andreason
LASIK Surgery 23 years experience
Lazy eye: Likely, but it depends what you mean by 'lazy eye' as people use that term differently. See my previous posts about strabismus. Ptosis can be fixed as well, but amblyopia (lack of visual brain development as a child) cannot be fixed in an adult. See your ophthalmologist (eye surgergeon/md) for an evaluation and clarification.
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Not at your age: A Lazy eye" amblyopia is usually caused by a refractive error that is not discovered before age 2. The brain will "turn off" the image coming from the blurry (usually far-sighted) eye and concentrate and show preference to the good eye. The amblyopic eye then does not develop the visual pathways to the brain required for good vision. Patching the good eye can improve vision in a child.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Appropriate eye muscle surgery will fix the deviation but will not correct or improve the vision.
Jun 20, 2015

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get surgery to fix a lazy eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Rx May help: 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 sometimes be improved if the weaker eye is strengthened (glasses), the stronger eye is patched or if the eye is lined up better with surgery. If the process has gone on too long, the brain ignores the fix & surgery is simply cosmetic.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is surgery the best way to fix a lazy eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes and no: If you are refering to lining the eyes up so they point in the same direction, that might be possible with a skilled eye muscle surgery. The other issue is will it work. If the brain decided to shut off the input from that eye(ambliopia), the ability to regain that lost input deminishes with time. A discussion with your eye dr can give you guidance.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to fix my lazy eye when I already had surgery on it before?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Maybe: Each successive revision of the eye muscles is progressively more difficult due to scarring with increased unpredictability of results. Yes, you may reoperate if indicated - please have your surgery done by an experienced strabismus surgeon.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be to fix a lazy eye without surgery?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Any age: Not all cases of amblyopia can be treated without surgery. In most cases, the earlier the problem is identified and treatment started the better the outcome.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to fix strabismus/lazy eye without surgery?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 be improved if the weaker eye is strengthened (glasses), the stronger eye is patched or if the eye is lined up better with surgery. If the process has gone on too long, the brain ignores the fix & surgery is simply cosmetic.

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