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Can an adult develop a lazy eye?

Can an adult develop a lazy eye?

Yes: Lazy eye has many meanings. Lazy eye could be an eye misalignment, it could be a droopy eyelid. It could also be decreased vision from a cataract or refractive error or a retina problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


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Can you develop a lazy eye in your adult years?

Can you develop a lazy eye in your adult years?

No: The vast majority of visual development is complete by age 7 or 8. Some improvement in vision may be attained at ages up to 18 or so but the gains are modest. It's best to begin treatment as early as possible. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix a lazy eye (amblyopia) in adults?

Is there a way to fix a lazy eye (amblyopia) in adults?

NO: Not that we know of. If younger than 9 years of age, patching of the other eye may help, as well as glasses. In an adult there has been no sucessful treatment. Studies have shown that if you loose the good (non-amblyopic eye), the lazy eye will slowly improve (very slowly). When it is forced to function without help from the other eye. ...Read more

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Will there ever be a permanent fix for lazy eye in adults?

Will there ever be a permanent fix for lazy eye in adults?

Not for a while: This is a topic for active research and involves turning on a brain circuit which was turned off in infancy. There is little progress so far but a great deal of interest. ...Read more

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If an adult has a lazy eye, is it true that their affected eye will drift outwards over time?

If an adult has a lazy eye, is it true that their affected eye will drift outwards over time?

Often: A lazy eye in an adult will most often tend to drift outward, but it may remain straight, or turn inward, depending on the nature of the underlying disease. There are no hard and fast rules on this one. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Would an eye operation fix a lazy eye on an adult?

Would an eye operation fix a lazy eye on an adult?

Define "lazy eye": Some use this for eyes that don't line up while for others use it for a vision loss condition called amblyopia.Poor alignment is just one factor that can cause amblyopia. Eyes can be lined up with special eye muscle surgery at different ages. Surgery might help a kid regain some vision lost in amblyopia while not in an adult where the brain has turned off accepting input from the weaker eye. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would an eye operation fix a lazy eye on an adult?

Hi docs, would an eye operation fix a lazy eye on an adult?

Define "lazy eye": Most use the term for vision loss from one eye but some do for an eye that is not in alignment. Surgery can help with an alignment problem in kids and adults. The lazy eye (amblyopia) of vision loss can be helped if caught early. This is the brain turning off an eye with confusing input. Adults with long term amblyopia have permanent loss, even if surgery can lined up the eyes correctly. ...Read more

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Adult with slight lazy eye. Never been treated or officially diagnosed, but can visually see it and sometimes eye pain. Are there any treatments?

Adult with slight lazy eye. Never been treated or officially diagnosed, but can visually see it and sometimes eye pain. Are there any treatments?

Yes: If by lazy eye, you mean an eye turns in or out, that can be surgically corrected. If by lazy eye, you are referring to an eye that does not see clearly even with glasses, that cannot be corrected beyond childhood. Lazy of the later type is also know as amblyopia. It must be treated in childhood by patching the better eye to force use of the worse eye preferably well before age 7. ...Read more

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Can a lazy eye returm after having strabismus repair surgery as an adult?

Can a lazy eye returm after having strabismus repair surgery as an adult?

Confusing question: Proper vision requires brain input of 2 similar sharp images by well aligned eyeballs. If one eye is sharper than the other, or alignment is bad, the brain may turn off one eye to stop a blurred image. If the vision is off in one eye for an extended period (yrs), amblyopia (lazy eye) can be permanent. Alignment surgery may not hold without vision to keep it on tract. Revision may be necessary/cosmetic ...Read more

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What causes lazy eye?

What causes lazy eye?

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. ...Read more

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How do you fix lazy eye?

How do you fix lazy eye?

Rx May help: 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. ...Read more

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How is a lazy eye formed?

How is a lazy eye formed?

Weaker eye: The "lazy" eye is either misaligned and not looking in the right direction, or is less focused than the stronger eye. If not treated at an early age (by age 4), the brain chooses to see preferentially out of the stronger eye. In order not to cause visual confusion, the brain creates a virtual block (scotoma) in front of the lazy eye and becomes unable to use it, even with glasses. ...Read more

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How is a lazy eye treated?

How is a lazy eye treated?

Patches/glasses/drop: Most lazy eye (amblyopia) should be treated before age 9-10. The patient needs a complete, dilated eye exam to determine need for glasses and to rule out any other underlying conditions. Patching or dilating drops are then used in the stronger eye to force the use of the weak eye to make it stronger. Http://www. Aapos. Org/terms/conditions/21
Crossed/wandering eyes can be treated with surgery ...Read more

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How can you fix a lazy eye?

How can you fix a lazy eye?

Yes.: First of all, it depends on the age of the patient. Possible solutions include glasses, patching, or surgery. Talk to your ophthalmologist (not optometrist). ...Read more

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Can you develop a lazy eye?

Can you develop a lazy eye?

Depends: Most pediatric ophthalmologists are abandoning the term, "lazy eye." we prefer to use the term strabismus (eye misalignment) or amblyopia (poor vision from childhood eye problem). Only children can develop amblyopia and they will have life-long vision loss if not treated. Strabismus usually starts in childhood, but adults can also acquire strabismus. ...Read more

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Can lazy eye cause problems?

Obviously!: Lazy eye is the term reserved for diminution or loss of vision due to not using an eye this usually due to strabismus not corrected in the first 18 months of life and the brain ignoring vision from one eye to prevent diplopia (double vision). ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

Loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For more information, ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more