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How can a person develop a lazy eye?

How can a person develop a lazy eye?

Many: Genetic, environmental, trauma, medications, eye disease. Can be an alignment problem due to many causes or an uncorrected / poor vision problem. ...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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Is it possible for a person to get a lazy eye after boxing for several years?

Is it possible for a person to get a lazy eye after boxing for several years?

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

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If a person with a lazy eye donates his eye, will it stay lazy in the new person too?

No: Can't do full eye donation yet. Lazy eye relates to the brain input/connection to the eye, so the corneal can be transplanted without lazy eye issues. ...Read more

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Can you develop a lazy eye?

Can you develop a lazy eye?

Depends: Most pediatric ophthalmologists are abandoning the term, "lazy eye." we prefer to use the term strabismus (eye misalignment) or amblyopia (poor vision from childhood eye problem). Only children can develop amblyopia and they will have life-long vision loss if not treated. Strabismus usually starts in childhood, but adults can also acquire strabismus. ...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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Can you tell me can I develop a lazy eye?

Can you tell me can I develop a lazy eye?

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Majority of people who have amblyopia are born with the condition. It means the vision is reduced in one eye. If the vision becomes reduced at your age it may mean retinal , cataract, corneal, problems, or a new eyeglass prescription. If you mean your eye is drifting in or out, that is a strabmismus condition, where one of the eye muscles weakens and causes the eye to turn out or in. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to develop a lazy eye from being tired?

Is it possible to develop a lazy eye from being tired?

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

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Can you develop a lazy eye rather than just be born with it?

Can you develop a lazy eye rather than just be born with it?

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. That process is what causes the "lazy eye".Early rx can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a lazy eye if you weren't born with it?

Is it possible to develop a lazy eye if you weren't born with it?

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. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more


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