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Is It Normal For My Contacts To Make Me Look Like I Have A Lazy Eye
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Amblyopia: Or lazy eye occurs when one eye cannot be corrected to as good a vision level as the other, but there are no structural abnormalities present. Amblyopia is most commonly due to eye misalignment or a large difference in refractive error (glasses need) between the two eyes. There are no special contact lenses to correct this, and amblyopia is permanent if not treated by age 8 or 9.
Yes but not at your: Age. The sooner the treatment starts the better the results. If completely treated by age 4 ; eyes are straight then you develop 3d vision ; may become completely normal. 4-9 years of age is still golden for treatment of amblyopia. Recently there have been studies that show lazy eyes are treatable till age 18. Although the gain may be less ; less but there is permanent gain up to that age.
Depends on variables: Amblyopia (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 (adults or kids over 8), normal function is unlikely with any treatment.
Usually: A drifting eye is one that most likely does not see well and has not done so since childhood. Since it does not have good vision to keep it in alignment with the normal other eye, it will drift at times and in some all of the time. It is common to have this discovered at a later age than childhood if the condition was not discovered below age 8 when it might have been remedied.
No: If your eyes don't look straight when you look in the mirror, chances are its probably not straight at other times either, although I don't know how you would know unless you ask someone else and they may not be looking as closely as you are...See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There might be some improvement if you are hyperopic (need + (plus) lenses) in which case correction with the proper glasses or contacts could move the drifting eye outwards to match the other eye better. If you do not need glasses or need - (minus) lenses, this will not work. Check with your ophthalmologist to see if you are a candidate.
No: Extended contact lens wear does carry higher rate of infection ; you should discuss this issue with your eyecare doctor.
It depends: Contact lenses cannot be used for prism correction of strabismus. Glasses are the better choice for this. For lazy eye, in some cases contacts can work well to correct vision in the lazy eye. It depends on the cause of the lazy eye. See your local ophthalmologist for a thorough exam.See 1 more doctor answer
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