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Doctor insights on: Is There A Difference Between A Lazy Eye And A Strabismus

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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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What is the difference between a lazy eye or a strabismus eye?

What is the difference between a lazy eye or a strabismus eye?

Alignment/vision: Strabismus is a simple failure of the eyes to line up & focus on the same point.There are several potential causes. Over time this might lead to lazy eye (amblyopia) where the brain decides to turn off the input of one eye if the images don't line up or one is fuzzier than the other. The "lazy eye" can sometimes be improved if alignment or weakness are fixed early, but may be permanent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lazy eye and strabismus?

What is the difference between a lazy eye and strabismus?

A lot: Strabismus is the term used when the eyes do not move exactly synchronously. It is accompanied by double vision. If it is not corrected the brain ignores one of the images and in time we have a lazy eye(meaning the eye has little or no vision). ...Read more

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What is the difference between amblyopia(lazy eye) and strabismus(cross eyed)?

What is the difference between amblyopia(lazy eye) and strabismus(cross eyed)?

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

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What’s the difference between strabismus and lazy eye? I though they were the same things, but now i’m reading that they’re not and they can each cause the other. I’m confused!

What’s the difference between strabismus and lazy eye? I though they were the same things, but now i’m reading that they’re not and they can each cause the other. I’m confused!

Not the same: Strabismus means the eyes are crossed - when eyes are crossed in a young child the brain will get confused and ignore the crossed eye, leading to amblyopia or "lazy eye." other causes of a lazy eye can be a very high prescription in one eye that is asymmetric; again the brain starts to ignore the eye with the high prescription (because the image is blurred) and therefore develops amblyopia. ...Read more

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How do a lazy eye and a strabismus differ?

How do a lazy eye and a strabismus differ?

Both generic: Both these terms are generically used for ocular motility disorders. "lazy eye" is a laymen's term. Strabismus is the medical term for any misalignment of the eyes. There are many forms of strabismus and therefore may treatments. ...Read more

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Question for people who know about strabismus and lazy eye: which comes first?

Question for people who know about strabismus and lazy eye:  which comes first?

Strabismus: Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is caused by not being able to use the eyes together in a child. Misaligned eyes, or strabismis, is the most common cause. ...Read more

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Might glasses correct strabismus/lazy eye?

Might glasses correct strabismus/lazy eye?

Maybe,maybe not: Ambliopia (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, the brain ignores the fix & surgery is simply cosmetic. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix strabismus/lazy eye without surgery?

Is there a way to fix strabismus/lazy eye without surgery?

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. ...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


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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