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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it true that a wandering eye is a lazy eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not necessarily: The short answer is no.An eye may drift out of alignment transiently as part of a nerve palsy or muscle weakness.If alignment is re-established (palsy resolves or surgery), vision may be retained.If alignment provides a blurry or double image for too long, the brain will turn of one image in favor of a clear picture.This turning off produces amblyopia (lazy eye), the wondering eye would be affected.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it too late to fix my wandering eye or lazy eye? I am an adult.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Never too late: A wandering eye can usually be improved with strabismus surgery (working on the muscles of the eyeball) at any age. We would not expect your vision, if poor in the wandering eye and you are an adult, to improve at all. The eyes can usually be made to align better and "look" more normal to others. In adults, sometimes an adjustible suture is used.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent my blind eye from wandering/getting lazy eye?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
Strabismus surgery: If your blind eye drifts, you may need strabismus surgery.
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