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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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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus is a medical condition due to weakness or paralysis of one or more muscles that control eye movement. As a result, the eyes are not aligned with each other and ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more


Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," is the loss of one eye's ability to see details. It is the most common cause of ...Read more