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What causes lazy eye?

What causes lazy eye?

Non-working = lazy: Lazy eye refers to several issues that can cause the brain to quit accepting input from an affected eye, so it is not working =lazy. Example: 1 eye presents a sharp image to the brain, 1 a fuzzy image. The brain chooses to keep the sharp image & quit "looking" at the other image. Timed patching of the good eye makes the brain keep using the weak eye. The eye dr works to improve the weak eye.

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

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How do you fix lazy eye?

How do you fix lazy eye?

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.

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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.

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How is a lazy eye treated?

How is a lazy eye treated?

Patches/glasses/drop: Most lazy eye (amblyopia) should be treated before age 9-10. The patient needs a complete, dilated eye exam to determine need for glasses and to rule out any other underlying conditions. Patching or dilating drops are then used in the stronger eye to force the use of the weak eye to make it stronger. Http://www. Aapos. Org/terms/conditions/21 Crossed/wandering eyes can be treated with surgery

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How can you fix a lazy eye?

How can you fix a lazy eye?

Yes.: First of all, it depends on the age of the patient. Possible solutions include glasses, patching, or surgery. Talk to your ophthalmologist (not optometrist).

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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.

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How can I treat a lazy eye?

How can I treat a lazy eye?

No treatment: There is no effective treatment for a lazy eye in an adult.

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Can lazy eye cause problems?

Obviously!: Lazy eye is the term reserved for diminution or loss of vision due to not using an eye this usually due to strabismus not corrected in the first 18 months of life and the brain ignoring vision from one eye to prevent diplopia (double vision).

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How can I lessen my lazy eye?

How can I lessen my lazy eye?

Define "lessen": Lazy eye or amblyopia in a 49 yo would most often be permanent. If you mean can an alignment problem be improved, probably. But since useful vision is one way the eyes stay lined up, it may not stay fixed. This happens because one eye is weaker or sends a different image to the brain. If caught early & treated, some vision can be preserved. If it goes on too long, the brain turns the weak camera off

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What is done for a lazy eye?

What is done for a lazy eye?

Depends: Binocular vision ie seeing with both eyes is established before 18 months of age if strabismus (cross eyedness) is corrected before this date and the normal eye covered forcing the lazy eye to see all will be well after 18 months the operation has mostly a cosmetic efect.

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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.

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How could you corret a lazy eye?

Depends on the cause: It there is an eye turn (strabismus), it can be corrected surgically or with certain training. If there is decreased vision (amblyopia) it can be corrected before a certain age.

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Is there a way to fix a lazy eye?

Is there a way to fix a lazy eye?

Patches/glasses/drop: First, it depends on the age of the patient. Most lazy eye (amblyopia) should be treated before age 9-10. The patient needs a complete, dilated eye exam to deterine need for glasses and to rule out any other underlying conditions. Patching or dilating drops are then used in the stronger eye to force the use of the weak eye to make it stronger. See also: http://www. Aapos. Org/terms/conditions/21

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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.

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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.

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What can I do to hide my lazy eye?

What can I do to hide my lazy eye?

Lazy eye: I assume that your lazy eye is drifting out of alignment and becoming noticeable. See an eye doctor who specializes in strabismus and get it fixed.

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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.

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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.

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Is there a way to treat a lazy eye?

No!: If you are talking about an eye that has poor vision (amblyopia) the answer is no! If you are talking about an eye that is misaligned (strabismus) then it may be possible to re-align the eyes surgically.

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

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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