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Is there a difference between strabismus and amblyopia?

Is there a difference between strabismus and amblyopia?

They are differnt: Strabismus is when the eyes are not properly aligned so that one eye is deviated. Amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes because the image or object you are viewing is not properly focused. Amblyopia develops when you are younger usually between birth and 8-9 years when the visual system is still developing. ...Read more

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 an amblyopia and a strabismus?

What is the difference between an amblyopia and a strabismus?

Vision vs position: Amblyopia is the lowering of vision in one eye due to structural or position defects in infancy and childhood. Strabismus is the general term for eyes that are misaligned. Strabismus may cause amblyopia. A pediatric ophthalmologist will deal with these issues in childhood but amblyopia in adults cannot usually be fixed. ...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 is the difference between strabismus and lazy eye?

What is the difference between strabismus and lazy eye?

Lazy eye: Lazy eye (amblyopia) & strabismus are used interchangeably, having same meaning. Other names are crossed eyes or wandering eyes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lazy eye and strabismus?

Eye function: Lazy eye is a lay term usually used to designate the vision loss that occurs when the brain turns off the eye input because it is fuzzy or misaligned (double vision). We call it amblyopia. Strabismus is a label used when the eyes don't line up and focus on the same object. Some lay people use lazy eye for both issues. ...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’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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Can you correct strabismus in adult with amblyopia?

Can you correct strabismus in adult with amblyopia?

Yes: It is certainly possible and your surgeon should be able to give you your chance of success. You need a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have refractive amblyopia or strabismus?

How to tell if I have refractive amblyopia or strabismus?

See a doctor!: To determine if you have either of these issues you will need to see an eye professional for an examination. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some ways to treat amblyopia/strabismus?

I was wondering what are some ways to treat amblyopia/strabismus?

Ophthalmology: These conditions are treated by ophthalmology. They treat these conditions with glasses and surgery. ...Read more

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I have double vision which bothers me. Is this strabismus or refractive amblyopia?

I have double vision which bothers me. Is this strabismus or refractive amblyopia?

Neither: People with amblyopia rarely have double vision. New onset double vision should be evaluated soon by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I don't know how or when I got strabismus/amblyopia. My right eye shuts off and drifts outwards. Is there any way to get my right eye aligned?

I don't know how or when I got strabismus/amblyopia. My right eye shuts off and drifts outwards. Is there any way to get my right eye aligned?

Eye Surgery: See an eye doctor for a proper examination, radiologic workup, and possible eye surgery and eyeglasses. ...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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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

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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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Can contacts correct strabismus or lazy eye the same way glasses do?

Can contacts correct strabismus or lazy eye the same way glasses do?

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. ...Read more

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Could prism glasses help reduce the look of lazy eye (strabismus)?

Could prism glasses help reduce the look of lazy eye (strabismus)?

Sometimes: Prisms will shift the image and can improve the appearance of modest strabismus. But if the turning of the 'lazy eye' is too much, then the prism needed for cosmetic correction would be too thick and would itself disturb the cosmetics. ...Read more

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Can a lazy eye returm after having strabismus repair surgery as an adult?

Confusing question: Proper vision requires brain input of 2 similar sharp images by well aligned eyeballs. If one eye is sharper than the other, or alignment is bad, the brain may turn off one eye to stop a blurred image. If the vision is off in one eye for an extended period (yrs), amblyopia (lazy eye) can be permanent. Alignment surgery may not hold without vision to keep it on tract. Revision may be necessary/cosmetic ...Read more

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I'm blind in my left eye and have developed a lazy eye, will strabismus surgery help me?

I'm blind in my left eye and have developed a lazy eye, will strabismus surgery help me?

Likely: I am assuming your blind left eye has become "lazy." if the eyeball itself looks normal, but is just misdirected, you probably are a good candidate for strabismus surgery.

Pediatric ophthalmologists are specialists in adult strabismus. Have a visit with one of these!

they helped me! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lazy eye and a regular eye?

Two forms of lazy: Amblyopia means the eye cannot see well despite the appropriate prescription being worn (usually 20/40 or worse). The eye can be well aligned but the brain does not use its information. It can be caused by something blocking vision (cataract) or the eye not being aligned. Strabismus means the eye is not aligned, and will lead to amblyopia if not treated. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between being cross eyed and having a lazy eye?

How do I tell the difference between being cross eyed and having a lazy eye?

By different tests: The term "lazy eye" means different things to different people. Some equate it with crossing eyes. Lazy eye in the sense of reduced vision is diagnosed by measuring the vision, crossed eyes by measuring how much the eye deviates. Crossing eyes in adults are usually treated by surgery. Amblyopia in general can not be improved in an adult. ...Read more

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I had a strabismus surgery yesterday "exotropic and amblyopic in my left eye" I noticed my left eye has turned inwards a little. Is that normal?

I had a strabismus surgery yesterday "exotropic and amblyopic in my left eye" I noticed my left eye has turned inwards a little. Is that normal?

Yes: On the first few days after strabismus surgery for an amblyopic, exotropic eye, there can be slight overcorrection. Since the eye will turn out again, this makes the cosmetic result last longer. In an adult, this should correct over the next few months or year. In a child, it is more common to have alternate fixation, in which case overcorrection can create amblyopia and needs patching and reop. ...Read more

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I've always wondered whether I have a lazy eye or not. How can I tell the difference?

Eye exam: Lazy eye can be drifting out or in, or sometimes is aligned but has a weaker visual acuity potential than 20/20 (thus can't be corrected to 20/20). ...Read more

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My son is 22 months old & has a slightly unfocused lazy eye. What can I do? I tried patching for 3 weeks but it didn't make a difference.

Pediatric eye doc: I hope your son is under the care of pediatric ophthalmologist. There are set criteria and procedures for patching to help resolve strabismus in babies. Unsupervised patching can actually produce poor vision in the "good" eye. Three weeks is not a sufficient time to see a substantial change. You should talk to your doctor about the time frame where you will see a change and his expectations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between strabismus and stereopsis?

What is the difference between strabismus and stereopsis?

Strabismus: Strabismus means an eye muscle disorder that can be intermittent or constant. If it is constant there is no depth perception (or stereopsis). ...Read more

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What's the difference between cross eyes and strabismus?

What's the difference between cross eyes and strabismus?

Different causes: These terms are interchangeable. Strabismus usually refers to turning in or out of the eyes with onset in childhood. This can be due to a refractive error, deprivation of vision or other congenital problems. Adults can also have crossing of the eyes for different reasons, including nerve problems and decompensation of corrected childhood strabismus. ...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 more information, ...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