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I Have A Lazy Eye Should I Go To An Ophthalmologist Or To An Optometrist
Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist can better treat lazy eyes or crooked eyes. A person who may need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (need reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Ophthalmologists are medical eye doctors who do eye surgeries, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc... ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
An optometrist told me I have a lazy eye and that no glasses would fix it much. I'm 20 years of age. Is there any way to fix its vision?
Turning off vision: The brain utilizes 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 turn off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed, if late, not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an optometrist determine if I have retinal tear/detachment? Doc said I had good vision and eyes look ok.Or do I have to go to an ophthalmologist?
OD, MD: An opthalmologist goes to medical school and gets an md, then spends 4 more years of training in medicine and surgery with 3 years of emphasis on eye treatment and eye surgery. Some ophthalmologists spend additional years in fellowship training. An optometrist goes to a 4 year optometry school and does non-surgical eye treatment, glasses and contact lenses. An optician makes and fits glasses. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Who would i go to a ophthalmologist or optometrist for itchy, watery eyes n focus issues with some blurry vision?
My child is seeing an optometrist. He has refractive amblyopia. Do I have to see an ophthalmologist for this?
For many months straight lines look wavy with my left eye.Have myopia and astigmatism. Causes? Which should I see a optometrist or ophthalmologist?
Exam needed: I would suggest you see an ophthalmologist for dilated eye exam to confirm the retina (back portion of the eye) is normal. Symptoms you discuss suggest to rule out retina changes. If retina is normal, then you may need an update on glasses possibly your astigmatism has change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on what treatment is needed. An optometrist does not perform surgery but does treat disease of the eye and does refraction for prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Opthamologist is an md that specializes in the eye and tends to eye disease and surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the main difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? I just know that an ophthalmologist is a md.
If i was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (with graves disease being the likely cause), which one am i suppose to see?
My son has amblyopia left eye. 20/20 OD, 20/70 OS Visual acuity. After the dilation ophthalmologist prescribe + 4.00 OS and +2.75 OD. Please any answe
I'm not sleepy but my right eye feel heavy n like it is sleepy. It feels better closed but thats awkward. I don't have a lazy eye but what's going on?
See below: Without an exam and further info, it is very difficult to make a diagnosis. There are some disease processes of the eyes that can cause a droopy lid. See your doc for an evaluation. ...Read more
Lazy eye: An eye that cannot see well despite being without disease is called amblyopic or "lazy". There are many causes, most common are strabismus (an eye that crosses) or an eye that has a worse refractive error than the other eye. It is best to get a thorough eye exam if you are suspecting a problem and get diagnosed. Lazy eye can be treated if caught early enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Look at pictures: A "lazy eye" usually is one in which there is lowered vision and it does not align with the other eye (usually turning out, sometimes in up or down). Such an eye mostly is normal in structure but has weakened vision. Ask your friends if they notice it or check pictures of yourself to see the eye position and whether the "red" reflex is consistently in one eye only. ...Read more
Eye exam by Eye MD: A lazy eye is diagnosed when everything else that can cause less than corrected 20/20 vision has been ruled out. The diagnosis is made easier in the presence of misaligned eyes (strabismus) or moderate farsightedness, or advanced astigmatism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Many cases of amblyopia are due to differences in refraction between the eyes or grossly out of focus eyes. Sometimes, it is caused by farsightedness and a common complaint is variable focus. Getting a careful refraction for glasses can go a long ways towards comfort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: While you can see with both eyes, your brain does not like double vision that comes from an eye that is 'lazy' --- left untreated your brain will 'prefer' the good eye and ignore the images coming from the lazy eye. There are eye exercises to strengthen the lazy eye or even surgery that can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If you have amblyopia, or lazy eye, then it may mean that you don't have normal vision in that eye. Lasik (or lasek) surgery will not fix that problem. This type of surgery simply corrects your refractive error. That means if you wear contacts or glasses, you can get that prescription lasered onto your cornea, so you don't need to wear those contacts or glasses anymore. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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