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Can contacts correct strabismus or lazy eye the same way glasses do?

Can contacts correct strabismus or lazy eye the same way glasses do?

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.

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Might glasses correct strabismus/lazy eye?

Might glasses correct strabismus/lazy eye?

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.

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Could prism glasses help reduce the look of lazy eye (strabismus)?

Could prism glasses help reduce the look of lazy eye (strabismus)?

Sometimes: Prisms will shift the image and can improve the appearance of modest strabismus. But if the turning of the 'lazy eye' is too much, then the prism needed for cosmetic correction would be too thick and would itself disturb the cosmetics.

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Do glasses or contacts help with a lazy eye?

Do glasses or contacts help with a lazy eye?

Yes: Helps to eliminate refractive error. This can balance eyes and prevent amblyopia. Also help with fusion if the images from both eyes are clearer.

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Was just told glasses, contacts, and surgery won't help for my lazy eye. Is this true?

Yes and no: Surgery, glasses or contacts will not help improve vision in an eye that has not developed properly due to malalignment. This is called strabismic amblyopia. Surgery can improve the alignment of a "lazy"eye, but not its vision.

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I've got a slight lazy eye. Are there glasses I can get to correct it?

I've got a slight lazy eye. Are there glasses I can get to correct it?

Depends on age: And underlying cause of the "lazy eye" if by "lazy eye" you mean an eye that is not straight, some types can be compensated with glasses at a young age. If "lazy eye" means an eye that never developed normally and has poor vision (amblyopia), then -- no-- no spectacle will fix it.

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What to do if I have a lazy eye. Is there like some glasses I can get to correct it?

What to do if I have a lazy eye. Is there like some glasses I can get to correct it?

Probably not: Lazy eye is a non-specific term. It can mean amblyopia, ptosis or strabismis. None of these conditions can be corrected with glasses in adults.

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An optometrist told me I have a lazy eye and that no glasses would fix it much. I'm 20 years of age. Is there any way to fix its vision?

An optometrist told me I have a lazy eye and that no glasses would fix it much. I'm 20 years of age. Is there any way to fix its vision?

Turning off vision: The brain utilizes the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may turn off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed, if late, not.

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Can wearing glasses when you don't need them give you a lazy eye?

Can wearing glasses when you don't need them give you a lazy eye?

No: You would have to wear a strong prescription full time before the age of 10 or 12. This would be practically impossible.

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I stopped wearing my glasses and got a lazy eye. Is there a treatment for this?

I stopped wearing my glasses and got a lazy eye. Is there a treatment for this?

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. If the process has gone on too long, the brain will not turn on. If one eye has begun to deviate, surgery is done for cosmetic reasons.

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What happens if amblyopia (lazy eye) is not treated in time? Does the eye shut down or do glasses help?

What happens if amblyopia (lazy eye) is not treated in time? Does the eye shut down or do glasses help?

Turning off vision: The human brain utilized the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may begin turning off the input of one eye & keep the best. If not caught in time, vision is lost & glasses will not help.

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I went to the optician's today and they told me I have a micro lazy eye or something. But do glasses actually help your eyes?

I went to the optician's today and they told me I have a micro lazy eye or something. But do glasses actually help your eyes?

Possible amblyopia: A "lazy eye" is layman's term for an eye which does not see as well or does not hold its position well and can sometimes drift in or out. Technically this is due to amblyopia - a lowering of vision when the eye is otherwise normal. These things are best diagnosed by ophthalmologists rather than opticians or optometrist and you should get such a second opinion.

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I have an lazy eye with +6 farsightness. My dr. Suggested me wearing contact lens because she said glasses will create inbalance for me. Is it true?

I have an lazy eye with +6 farsightness. My dr. Suggested me wearing contact lens because she said glasses will create inbalance for me. Is it true?

Depends: A "lazy" eye has lowered vision because the brain has learned to ignore its image. One cause of this is an eye significantly hyperopic compared to the other which usually causes it to drift. The brain then learns to ignore the central image from that eye to prevent doubling. The contact lens will help IF the vision is good in the lazy eye. In most cases it will not matter.

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Can glasses help fix my lazy eye?

Can glasses help fix my lazy eye?

Unlikely to happen: At a listed age of 35, it is likely this issue has gone on too long for you to regain lost vision.Glasses can help kids regain vision if it is used before the visual pathways are finished developing. An adult with set pathways will not.

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Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Depends: Some forms for lazy eye, such as that associated with a difference in glasses prescription between eyes, respond well to glasses alone. Other causes of lazy eye need glasses and drops or patching. Your child's ophthalmologist can discuss this issue with you.

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Do you think wearing glasses will help with my lazy eye?

Probably not: Lazy eye responds best to treatment when detected at an early age. Our visual system is more flexible when we are young and we can -retrain your brain to use the lazy eye with the appropriate treatments and patient cooperation. At the age of 48, it is highly unlikely that your lazy eye is going to change much, even with the correct prescription

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Do you know which is better for lazy eye: patching or glasses?

Depends: Not strabismic eyes (straight) may be able to correct a lazy eye with glasses alone. If that does not work, more aggressive treatment with patching nd glasses is needed. Strabismic lazy eyes need patching, with/without glasses as is appropriate.

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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