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A 38-year-old member asked:

I have a lazy eye. should i go to an ophthalmologist or to an optometrist?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Maybe: If you are under the age of 10 then definitely yes. If your "lazy eye" has vision problems or you wish to have the eye corrected it would be a good idea to get a consultation from an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist can better treat lazy eyes or crooked eyes. A person who may need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (need reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Ophthalmologists are medical eye doctors who do eye surgeries, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc...
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends on age: A lazy eye is one not seeing well usually due to childhood issues which are termed amblyopia. The "lazy" eye, due to poorer central vision turns in or out at times and sometimes always. Either specialty can provide optimum eye glasses but if you have concerns about the cosmetics of the eye position, you will need an ophthalmologist as he is the only one that can do surgery to straighten eyes.
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 56 years experience
An ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist can provide both medical and surgical treatments.

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I suffer from lazy eye, where should I go, to an opthamologist or to an optometrist?

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Dr. Salma Elfaki
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Ophthalmologist: If you need any procedure done, the ophthalmologist will be able to take care of it for you and do a more extensive workup.
Last updated May 8, 2019


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