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Can You Get A Lazy Eye From Being Tired
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In a sense: "lazy eye" is an eye which drifts from straight ahead usually due to visual problems from infancy and childhood. Some adults have compensated for this in the sense that they hold the eyes in a good position while alert. Those that do this can find that the eye which is seeing less well might drift if they get tired. As long as this is controlled most of the time, it can be ignored. ...Read more
Can a sleepy eye/lazy eye (just one eye looking a bit more upwards) cause eyelids to be droopy, making you look tired? I'm 20 years old.
Sleepy eye: It is possible you may a ptosis or lid lag. Check with your doctor or a neurologist. ...Read more
Yes: Boxing causes repeated trauma to the eye which usually withstands this due to a structure called the vitreous gel which holds things in place (mostly the retina). But sometimes this is not enough, the retina may detach, the vision drops and the eye drifts out of alignment - which is the term for a "lazy eye". If you must box, protect your eyes. ...Read more
No: Lazy eye can refer to eyes not aligned properly, then there may be a muscle weakness or cranial nerve palsy involved, stroke, etc. And this should be check out right away. When eyes get tired, a decompensation of an underlying phoria can happen with eyes drifting out. Lazy eye in amblyopia doesn't happen for a short time. ...Read more
Probably not: At your age, the vision has been down in one eye for many years and the brain developed that adaptation at age 8. If you were to patch the good eye for a year or so, the 'lazy' eye might improve somewhat (to the best it was capable of at age 8), but that would be quite an effort for an unlikely result. Continue to use your eyes as they are now and don't worry about the other eye. ...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
Rx May help: 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
Not at your age: A Lazy eye" amblyopia is usually caused by a refractive error that is not discovered before age 2. The brain will "turn off" the image coming from the blurry (usually far-sighted) eye and concentrate and show preference to the good eye. The amblyopic eye then does not develop the visual pathways to the brain required for good vision. Patching the good eye can improve vision in a child. ...Read more
Possibly: See your eye doctor to discuss this option. The thickness of your glasses typically depends on the strength of the prescription and type of glass material used and does not have to do with a lazy eye. Sometimes, if you have prism in your glasses it can make them thicker. There are thinner, lighter high index lenses that may help you. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Are exercises to treat lazy eye effective? I read that there are exercises you can do, like switching focus quickly from near to far and rolling your eyes, that will help amblyopia. Do these really work? If so, where can I get more information on how to d
Time for a visit: You need to visit an ophthalmologist and have a basic assessment done. You will need to clarify the issue. Some consider poorly a poorly aligned eye, "lazy" while it is better used for visual loss from one eye. Eye surgery may help re-align the eyes, but long term vision loss is usually permanent. Only a proper evaluation could be sure. ...Read more
Surgery may be it:
An eye that's mis-aligned, in an adult, can be cosmetically distracting. Even if vision can't be improved, surgery to straighten the eye often does help.
The underlying cause must be determined, & that list is extensive.
In a child (younger than 8 or 9 yrs or so) a pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted to try to recover vision. ...Read more
I'm 57 with a lazy eye. I work as a coder reading inpatient charts and it seems to be getting worse. Can it get worse with this job?
Yes and No: There's nothing specific about your job as a coder that will make it worse. ANY job involving lots of reading and/or computer screen work has the potential to flare the condition up. Talk with your ophthalmologist about how to exercise the eye and how to work rests into your day to give your muscles a break. We use our eyes constantly as we work, so not anything specific with your current job. ...Read more
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