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How do I fix lazy eye without surgery?

How do I fix lazy eye without surgery?

Patching or glasses: In certain specific types of lazy eye, patching and glasses may work. Ask your eye doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


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How old do you have to be to fix a lazy eye without surgery?

How old do you have to be to fix a lazy eye without surgery?

Less than 8: Unfortunately amblyopia (lazy eye) is something that has to be addressed earlier rather than later. The nerves in the eye are done developing by around the age of 8. After that what ever vision you have lost because of the lazy depends on to be permenant. Depending on the cause of the lazy eye, it may require patching, glasses or surgery. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix strabismus/lazy eye without surgery?

Is there a way to fix strabismus/lazy eye without surgery?

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

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Can there be anyway to get rid off a lazy eye without surgery?

Can there be anyway to get rid off a lazy eye without surgery?

Amblyopia: By patching the good eye, or by instilling topical Atropine in the good eye. The drops can have a side effect. Treatment of individuals age 9 through adult is possible through applied perceptual learning. ...Read more

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Is there any way to I can get rid of a lazy eye without surgery?

Is there any way to I can get rid of a lazy eye without surgery?

NO: Once lazy eye or amblyopia is established it cannot be corrected. In children below age 5, surgery can straighten the eyes and the amblyopia can be reversed with patching. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to correct a lazy eye?

Is there a surgery to correct a lazy eye?

Yes and no: Lazy eye, or amblyopia is a condition where the brain begins turning off one eye because the image is different/fuzzy. It may be improved by non-surgical means if the eyes line up correctly, but it often leads to cross eyes. Surgery can help re-align the eyes as part of treatment, but if the problem has gone on too long, the amblyopia can persist. At that point, surgery's value is cosmetic ...Read more

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Is surgery the best way to fix a lazy eye?

Is surgery the best way to 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. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix a lazy eye?

Is there a surgery to fix a lazy eye?

Yes and no: Lazy eye, or amblyopia is a condition where the brain begins turning off one eye because the image is different/fuzzy. It may be improved by non-surgical means if the eyes line up correctly, but it often leads to cross eyes. Surgery can help re-align the eyes as part of treatment, but if the problem has gone on too long, the amblyopia can persist. At that point, surgery's value is cosmetic ...Read more

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Is there anyway to cure a lazy eye with surgery?

Is there anyway to cure a lazy eye with surgery?

Yes and no: A lazy eye is a term that is commonly used for two different things. The first is amblyopia which is poor vision due to a poor connection with the brain. The second is strabismus which is an eye turn. It is possible to have both conditions. Surgical correction is avaible for strabismus. Surgical correction can slightly improve the vision in amblyopia sometimes but not always. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get surgery to fix a lazy eye?

Is it possible to get surgery to fix a lazy eye?

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

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Will I probably need surgery to correct a lazy eye?

Will I probably need surgery to correct a lazy eye?

Hard to say: If your lazy eye (poor vision or lack of vision) has gone on long enough, a drifting eye may becomes a symptom, rather than the cause, since the eye is not kept on target by the brain. The longer your brain ignores the weaker eye, the more risk vision will never be recovered. At that point surgery is just cosmetic. Review the issue with the eye surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I fix my lazy eye when I already had surgery?

How do I fix my lazy eye when I already had surgery?

Depends: Lazy eye is a vague term. If you mean droopy lid, this is ptosis which would likely need surgery to be corrected. If you are referring to misalignment of the eyes this is strabismus. This is treated with glasses, exercises, surgery or patching (children only). If you are referring to poor vision in 1 eye (amblyopia) then glasses or patching may help but usually only in kids. See your eye doc. ...Read more

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Do you think I should I get a surgery to fix my lazy eye?

Do you think I should I get a surgery to fix my lazy eye?

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

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If you have amblyopia, is there a surgery to correct the lazy eye?

No: Amblyopia (lazy eye) develops when one eye is not used early in life. This is usually due to not using both eyes together due to eye position (ie. Crossed), or amount of eyeglass correction. If not caught early in life the brain does not make the proper connections to see well out of that eye. If the amblyopia is due to eye position eye muscle surgery at a young age may help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix my lazy eye when I already had surgery on it before?

Is it possible to fix my lazy eye when I already had surgery on it before?

Possible: It depends on whether you are asking about the lazy "vision" or lazy "position" of the eye.
Lazy position can be addressed based on extent of squint and available muscle tissue.
Lazy vision (amblyopia) can be addressed using appropriate refractive surgery (you may not have 20/20 capacity but at least to the best vision you have with your glasses). You may need your eye doctor to review this with. ...Read more

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I am 24. I had one surgery to straighten my left lazy eye 4 years ago. Is it possible it becomes lazy again? Can I have surgery again if it will?

I am 24. I had one surgery to straighten my left lazy eye 4 years ago. Is it possible it becomes lazy again? Can I have surgery again if it will?

Alignment: You appear to be discussing how your eyes line up. Once you get lazy eye (we call it amblyopia) as an adult it stays that way. To stay lined up after eye muscle surgery it would help to have good vision to keep your eye lined up. If your eye is weak on that side it may drift again because it does not hold or track on an same object your other eye does. ...Read more

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Is lazy eye surgery painful?

Is lazy eye surgery painful?

Mild discomfort: With modern eye muscle surgery techniques, the eye discomfort is minimal — you should be feeling better in about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How expensive is lazy eye surgery?

How expensive is lazy eye surgery?

Covered by insurance: Surgery to correct a 'wandering' or 'lazy' eye should be covered by your insurance. You should check with your insurance carrier. If you are paying out-of-pocket, the costs will vary and you should speak to a financial advisor at the practice that recommended surgery. ...Read more

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Is there an easy eye surgery for lazy eye?

Is there an easy eye surgery for lazy eye?

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 but may provide cosmetic benefits. ...Read more

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How is the recovery for a lazy eye surgery?

How is the recovery for a lazy eye surgery?

Not too difficult: Usually eye muscle surgery heals quickly. Some antibiotic steroid combo ointment is often prescribed. The conjunctiva will be red, and there may be some irritating sutures. Sometimes the alignment is adjusted early postop if needed (is adjustable sutures used). Recovery is dependent on the type of surgery. ...Read more

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Is eye surgery for a lazy eye a good option to consider?

Is eye surgery for a lazy eye a good option to consider?

Depends: Depends on if correcting ambylopia, strabismus, or both. If eliminating the cause such as a congenital cataract, then yes. If the eyes are very misaligned then extraocular muscle surgery will help. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and i have a lazy eye can it be corrected without surgery??

Hard to say: If your lazy eye (poor vision or lack of vision) has gone on long enough, the strabismus becomes a symptom, rather than the cause, since the eye is not kept on target by the brain. The longer your brain ignores the weaker eye, the more risk vision will never be recovered. At that point surgery is just cosmetic. Review the issue with the eye surgeon. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a slight lazy eye(eye looking a bit more upwards)be properly repositioned with correctional glasses, or anything else with/without surgery? I'm 20

Perhaps but ?: If the misalignment dates from early childhood and you are not seeing double, then you have one eye with permanently lowered vision (termed amblyopia). I assume you are not seeing double — which would require an immediate evaluation. Your best bet is to see an ophthalmologist who specializes in 'strabismus' as vertical muscle imbalance is tricky to fix and requires a true expert. ...Read more

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Can double vision/lazy eye be cured with surgery?

Can double vision/lazy eye be cured with surgery?

Fixing allignment: If the eyeballs are not aligned properly, double vision will occur. The alignment can be modified by shortening one or more of the muscles that pull the eye into position as it moves. If this is done before the brain decides to stop accepting input from the "lazy" eye, vision can be improved. ...Read more

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How much does lazy eye or squint eye surgery would cost?

How much does lazy eye or squint eye surgery would cost?

Covered by insurance: Strabismus surgery, or eye muscle surgery, to correct the alignment of the eyes should be covered by insurance. It is not considered cosmetic surgery. ...Read more

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Will corrective eye surgery help me if I have a lazy eye?

Will corrective eye surgery help me if I have a lazy eye?

Maybe?: Depends on what is the lazy part and how much! If the eyes are misaligned, then lasik will not effect. If the eye prescription is off, then lasik will help. If the eye never gained full sight, lasik may only help to the extent the eye can see with correction. ...Read more

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After a lazy eye surgery, is it normal for the eye to be a little inward?

After a lazy eye surgery, is it normal for the eye to be a little inward?

Possibly: It is certainly possible that your eyes remain slightly misaligned after strabismus surgery. It depends on how your eyes have developed as well as any residual misalignment that occurs. It is also possible that your eyes may align with time if the vision in both eyes is good. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
313 doctors shared insights

Amblyopia (Definition)

loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more