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Is Crossed Eyes A Symptom Of Amblyopia
Big diffrence: Crossed eyes, may result in amblyopia of the eye less used. The brain will mask the image form that eye so patient doesn't see double. Crossed eyes in children less than 2 years old need to be straightened as soon as possible after reasonable amblyopia therapy if present. If eyes are straightened before age 2 3d visison usually develops. Between 2-4 it drops significantly. >4 not possible. ...Read more
Too many causes: to list in 400 characters or less! This can occur from birth, or develop later as a result of a variety of medical conditions. ...Read more
By different tests: The term "lazy eye" means different things to different people. Some equate it with crossing eyes. Lazy eye in the sense of reduced vision is diagnosed by measuring the vision, crossed eyes by measuring how much the eye deviates. Crossing eyes in adults are usually treated by surgery. Amblyopia in general can not be improved in an adult. ...Read more
I have a lazy eye, I was born cross-eyed and had surgery. When I was in college, I noticed that my left eye was going in a different direction. Is there anyway I can prevent the right eye from becoming lazy ?
Which eye had: surgery? If it was your 'lazy left eye' and now it's going in a different direction, it may be from studying and not resting at all hours of the night, fatigue. You do need to see your eye doctor for definitive diagnosis! If your right eye is dominant, and not moving funny, chances are high it won't move and become lazy! So, see your eye doctor, and have this evaluated further to discuss options. ...Read more
Observe eye position: Most cases of crossed eyes are obvious because the eyes are out of alignment towards or away from each other. If the "red eye" reflex in camera pictures consistently shows one eye red and the other dark, then then dark one is likely to be crossed. Your ophthalmologist has means to detect crossing that is more subtle. ...Read more
It takes them...: ...Several months to figure out what they are seeing, and several more to figure out that both eyes are looking at the same thing; once that happens, they can adjust their vision so that the information from both eyes is fed to the vision center of the brain to make one 3d picture of the surrounding world. ...Read more
3 options: There are many different causes for crossed eyes. Depending on the cause, the problem may go away by itself, glasses may be needed, eye exercises may help, and sometimes surgery may be necessary. An ophthalmologist would determine the exact cause of the crossed eyes and suggest the best way to solve the problem. ...Read more
No: You cannot force your eyes to stay crossed no matter how hard you try. ...Read more
Glasses...: ...Can make the eyes straighter when you wear them. But no cure. ...Read more
See an eye doctor: This should not be happening and could be a sign of something sinister. See an ophthalmologist to have it sorted out. ...Read more
Voluntarily crossed?: If the reason for crossing is voluntary, the answer is most likely never. If the reason for crossing is a medical problem, then it would depend on the medical condition nd its treatment. ...Read more
You have fine vision: see your pediatrician. You may need to see a pediatric ophthalmologist, who can work you up this feeling you have of your eye crossing. They can measure your eye movements and see if one of your eye muscles might be weaker, or not, or if it's just at near or distance viewing. Should not be a problem. ...Read more
Childhood, acquired: Crossed eyes are out of alignment inwards (esotropia), outwards (exotropia) or vertical (hypertropia). Vision holds the eyes aligned so poor vision will cause one eye to drift if it happens in childhood. Adults will lose alignment when their childhood stability gets disrupted or when they have trauma to the eye muscles or the eye muscle nerves. See a strabismologist ophthalmolgist for answers. ...Read more
What age?: If it is a newborn it may be normal, after a couple of months if it is still present it may be a problem with the muscles that coordinate eye movement, and if it is not treated it may cause amblyopia, it is very worrisome if it happens all of a sudden in previously normal eyes. ...Read more
Both generic: Both are laymen's term. Lazy eye and crossed eyes refers sometimes to strabismus, the medical term for any misalignment of the eyes (eyes not moving together). Lazy eye is also used to describe amblyopia-an eye with diminished vision usually as a result of a strabismus disorder. People can have a form of strabismus with and without amblyopia. Amblyopia is rare without strabismus. ...Read more
Go to doctor: If you are 30 years old and have crossed eyes then it's unlikely eye exercises will have any effect. You need to consult with a pediatric ophthalmologist to explore your options. ...Read more
Maybe: Crossed eyes are known as strabismus. There are many criteria which need to be examined in order to determine how strabismus is best corrected. In some cases, certain eye excercises can minimize and even eliminate strabismus, in others, surgical correction is necessary. See an eye doctor specializing in adult strabismus correction. ...Read more
Many patterns: A common pattern is supression of the central image in one eye (which prevents double vision). Some eyes are amblyopic - lowered vision which does not improve. Others have an adaptation termed alternation in which each eye has good vision but only one at a time pointed centrally to function. ...Read more
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