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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.

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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How do you fix a lazy eye in a 3 yr old?

How do you fix a lazy eye in a 3 yr old?

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.

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Is there a way to fix a lazy eye?

Is there a way to fix a lazy eye?

Patches/glasses/drop: First, it depends on the age of the patient. Most lazy eye (amblyopia) should be treated before age 9-10. The patient needs a complete, dilated eye exam to deterine 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. See also: http://www. Aapos. Org/terms/conditions/21

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What can you do to fix a lazy eye?

Age matters: An infant with a lazy eye will often respond to either patching or wearing modified eye glasses. An adult with a lazy eye generally requires surgery, as would a child that did not respond to more conservative measures.

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What can I do to permanently fix a lazy eye?

What can I do to permanently fix a lazy eye?

Yes and no: If you are refering to lining the eyes up so they point in the same direction, that might be possible with a skilled eye muscle surgery. The other issue is will it work. If the brain decided to shut off the input from that eye (ambliopia), the ability to regain that lost input deminishes with time. A discussion with your eye dr can give you guidance.

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Is it possible to fix a lazy eye? If so, how?

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.

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Is it possible to fix a lazy eye at the age of 25?

Is it possible to fix a lazy eye at the age of 25?

Yes: Yes, you may have to see a pediatric ophthalmologist, but a lazy eye can be fixed at any age.

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Can doctors fix a lazy eye?

Can doctors fix a lazy eye?

Yes and no: If the child is young and the amblyopia is corrected it can be fixed. If not then no.

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Can glasses fix a lazy eye? How?

Can glasses fix a lazy eye? How?

Depends on the cause: If the lazy eye is turned one direction due to a prescription issue, glasses can straighten it. Prism placed in the glasses lenses can treat more resistant forms. Surgical alignment of the eye at a young age is a more permanent treatment. If the lazy eye is aligned but not able to see well, patching the other at a young age may help improve the vision.

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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


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Lazy Eye (Definition)

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