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Is there a difference between a lazy eye and a strabismus?

Is there a difference between a lazy eye and a strabismus?

Yes: Strabismus is the generic term for eyes that are out of alignment. A consequence of this in some cases is the popular term 'lazy eye' which indicates an eye which might drift out of alignment or an eye with lowered vision that cannot be improved (termed amblyopia). Not all lazy eyes are out of alignment but usually if the misalignment persists, one eye will become lowered in vision ('lazy'). ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Cross Eyed (Definition)

Cross eyed is where the eyes do not both look straight ahead, but are misaligned so one or both point slightly inward. This can cause a person to have double-vision, since the two images from ...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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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus is a medical condition due to weakness or paralysis of one or more muscles that control eye movement. As a result, the eyes are not aligned with each other and ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A "lazy eye" is a generic term that is often used to describe when one eye (1) does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more