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Amblyopia Vs Strabismus
They are differnt: Strabismus is when the eyes are not properly aligned so that one eye is deviated. Amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes because the image or object you are viewing is not properly focused. Amblyopia develops when you are younger usually between birth and 8-9 years when the visual system is still developing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor!: To determine if you have either of these issues you will need to see an eye professional for an examination. ...Read more
Vision vs position: Amblyopia is the lowering of vision in one eye due to structural or position defects in infancy and childhood. Strabismus is the general term for eyes that are misaligned. Strabismus may cause amblyopia. A pediatric ophthalmologist will deal with these issues in childhood but amblyopia in adults cannot usually be fixed. ...Read more
I don't know how or when I got strabismus/amblyopia. My right eye shuts off and drifts outwards. Is there any way to get my right eye aligned?
Big diffrence: Crossed eyes, may result in amblyopia of the eye less used. The brain will mask the image form that eye so patient doesn't see double. Crossed eyes in children less than 2 years old need to be straightened as soon as possible after reasonable amblyopia therapy if present. If eyes are straightened before age 2 3d visison usually develops. Between 2-4 it drops significantly. >4 not possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What’s the difference between strabismus and lazy eye? I though they were the same things, but now i’m reading that they’re not and they can each cause the other. I’m confused!
Not the same: Strabismus means the eyes are crossed - when eyes are crossed in a young child the brain will get confused and ignore the crossed eye, leading to amblyopia or "lazy eye." other causes of a lazy eye can be a very high prescription in one eye that is asymmetric; again the brain starts to ignore the eye with the high prescription (because the image is blurred) and therefore develops amblyopia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye function: Lazy eye is a lay term usually used to designate the vision loss that occurs when the brain turns off the eye input because it is fuzzy or misaligned (double vision). We call it amblyopia. Strabismus is a label used when the eyes don't line up and focus on the same object. Some lay people use lazy eye for both issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alignment/vision: Strabismus is a simple failure of the eyes to line up & focus on the same point. There are several potential causes. Over time this might lead to lazy eye (amblyopia) where the brain decides to turn off the input of one eye if the images don't line up or one is fuzzier than the other. The "lazy eye" can sometimes be improved if alignment or weakness are fixed early, but may be permanent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Ambliopia (lazy eye) 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
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
It depends: Contact lenses cannot be used for prism correction of strabismus. Glasses are the better choice for this. For lazy eye, in some cases contacts can work well to correct vision in the lazy eye. It depends on the cause of the lazy eye. See your local ophthalmologist for a thorough exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer