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A 47-year-old member asked:

Will i probably need surgery to correct a lazy eye?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Lazy eye: Usually not unless there is a significant eye muscle problem associated with it.
Dr. Param Fagoora
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
OR IF THE OTHER PATHOLOGY LIKE MEDIA OPACIITES, LIKE CATARACT , CORNEAL OPACIYT, ANISOMETROPIA ARE NOT PRESENT
Jul 21, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: If your lazy eye (poor vision or lack of vision) has gone on long enough, a drifting eye may becomes a symptom, rather than the cause, since the eye is not kept on target by the brain. The longer your brain ignores the weaker eye, the more risk vision will never be recovered.At that point surgery is just cosmetic.Review the issue with the eye surgeon.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Will i need to be worried about my lazy eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies with duration: 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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

If you have amblyopia, is there a surgery to correct the lazy eye?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
No: Amblyopia (lazy eye) develops when one eye is not used early in life. This is usually due to not using both eyes together due to eye position (ie. Crossed), or amount of eyeglass correction. If not caught early in life the brain does not make the proper connections to see well out of that eye. If the amblyopia is due to eye position eye muscle surgery at a young age may help.

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