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Is lazy eye curable or incurable?

Is lazy eye curable or incurable?

Depends on timing: To successfully treat amblyopia it is best to identify the problem as early as possible in childhood and apply the appropriate therapy consistently. By age 7-8 most of the eye development is complete and the amblyopia is permanent. ...Read more

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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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Hello doctor I have amblyopia in left eye i am 17 year old. is it curable. if not any suggestions on how to proceed?

Hello doctor I have amblyopia in left eye i am 17 year old. is it curable. if not any suggestions on how to proceed?

Some hope: Amblyopia is a lack of visual development from one or both eyes. The eye itself may be healthy, but if a clear image from the eye is not received by the brain by age 6-10, it may never see clearly. Usually treatment is by patching the good eye to force the amblyopic eye to work. There are some new developments for older people, but first get an eye exam to evaluate the eye's health and potential. ...Read more

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How is a lazy eye formed?

How is a lazy eye formed?

Weaker eye: The "lazy" eye is either misaligned and not looking in the right direction, or is less focused than the stronger eye. If not treated at an early age (by age 4), the brain chooses to see preferentially out of the stronger eye. In order not to cause visual confusion, the brain creates a virtual block (scotoma) in front of the lazy eye and becomes unable to use it, even with glasses. ...Read more

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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 lazy eye be permanently fixed?

Can lazy eye be permanently fixed?

Yes and no: A turned eye can be fixed surgiucally. An eye with amblyopia can sometimes be strengthened with patching if the patient is a child. ...Read more

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What can you do to fix a lazy eye?

Age matters: An infant with a lazy eye will often respond to either patching or wearing modified eye glasses. An adult with a lazy eye generally requires surgery, as would a child that did not respond to more conservative measures. ...Read more

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Can a lazy eye be completely fixed?

Can a lazy eye be completely fixed?

Depends: On the age of when identified (earlier = better) and if ambylopia can be corrected as well as the strabismus if present. ...Read more

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What can you do to fix my lazy eye?

What can you do to fix my lazy eye?

Depends: It depends what the lazy eye is from. If it is due to crossing or drifting, you can correct it back to a normal position, but if it has been present since birth, the vision may or may not improve. In rare instances, correcting a drifting eye could give you double vision. Sometimes an eye is lazy because the signal to the brain never formed appropriately. Not much can be done for that. ...Read more

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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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How do you tell if you have a lazy eye?

How do you tell if you have a lazy eye?

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 more

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How can you know if you have a lazy eye?

How can you know if you have a lazy eye?

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

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How can I tell whether I have a lazy eye?

How can I tell whether I have a lazy eye?

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 more

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How to cure a crossed eye, lazy eye, ect?

How to cure a crossed eye, lazy eye, ect?

Crossed eye: This condition is some type of strabismus, and in a young child should be evaluated urgently by an ophthalmologist--an eye surgeon/md. Sometimes glasses, and sometimes glasses with patching of the better eye may do the trick. Other times eye muscle surgery is needed. There are some types of strabismus that are harder to correct. If it is for you, seek out an adult strabismologist specialist. ...Read more

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What happens to lazy eye as you grow old?

Repeat evaluation: Eye crossing can return as you age. Strabismus surgery is rarely permanent and often needs to be repeated later in life as eyes can decompensate. See a pediatric ophthalmologist for a reevaluation. Repeat surgery can be performed if necessary. ...Read more

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


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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