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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to get a lazy eye for short period of time?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not sure: Amblyopia (lazy eye) is a developmental condition usually from childhood. Once it develops is difficult or if untreated, impossible to reverse.
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
No: A lazy eye is one that has not worked as well as the other eye essentially since birth. It does not usually develop later in life, although may worsen and appear to have suddenly occured. If the eye is turning off-axis compared to your "strong" eye, you should see an eye doctor. Undiagnosed lazy eye, diabetes or other conditions may be the culprit.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Lazy eye can refer to eyes not aligned properly, then there may be a muscle weakness or cranial nerve palsy involved, stroke, etc. And this should be check out right away. When eyes get tired, a decompensation of an underlying phoria can happen with eyes drifting out. Lazy eye in amblyopia doesn't happen for a short time.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get a lazy eye only for a short period of time?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
What do you mean?: What do you mean by lazy eye? Lazy eye 2/2 poor vision or lazy eye 2/2 eye muscle weakness? Person could have an intermittent lazy eye. But it needs an ophthalmologist eval.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2014

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