A 36-year-old member asked:
what causes lazy eye?
2 doctor answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Non-working = lazy: Lazy eye refers to several issues that can cause the brain to quit accepting input from an affected eye, so it is not working =lazy. Example: 1 eye presents a sharp image to the brain, 1 a fuzzy image. The brain chooses to keep the sharp image & quit "looking" at the other image. Timed patching of the good eye makes the brain keep using the weak eye. The eye dr works to improve the weak eye.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Lisa Abrams answered
29 years experience Pediatric Ophthalmology
Genetics: Most lazy eye (amblyopia) is inherited--not directly from the parents often but other family members may have it. Children with a family history of amblyopia or strabismus should be examined at a young age (around 3) as the condition is not always apparent to parents/pediatricians. see also: http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21
Answered on Sep 28, 2015
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