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Could a lazy eye relapse with not enough sleep?

Could a lazy eye relapse with not enough sleep?

Sometimes: A few will have an eye that drifts due to a weak fusion reflex. This usually causes doubling of vision and the person with this commonly closes the drifting eye. Drowsiness and inattention can cause this more frequently and if consistent, can usually be improved with surgery. ...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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Docs, could a lazy eye relapse due to not enough sleep?

Docs, could a lazy eye relapse due to not enough sleep?

Unlikely: Sleepiness and drowsiness may make one eye drift more easily so that the condition is more frequent at those times. But lack of sleep will not cause relapse of a lazy eye that was otherwise dealt with previously. ...Read more

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When my 2.5 year old wakes up from sleeping he has a lazy eye. It corrects itself shortly after he is awake. Is this a concern?

When my 2.5 year old wakes up from sleeping he has a lazy eye. It corrects itself shortly after he is awake. Is this a concern?

Yes: you need to see a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation and reassurance, ask your pediatrician for referral, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My 5 mnth baby has a lazy eye started after tummy sleeping 1 wk ago & more pressure on that side lead to slight swellin on that eye? Fine otherwise.

My 5 mnth baby has a lazy eye started after tummy sleeping 1 wk ago & more pressure on that side lead to slight swellin on that eye? Fine otherwise.

For safe sleep, put : Him in his crib on his back when he is drowsy, but awake after feeding, wiping his mouth out with a soft cloth & reading to him at the same time nightly. If he rolls over, there's not much you can do. Eye turning is from a problem in the nerve to an eye muscle, the junction of the nerve & muscle, or the muscle. Seek referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist to prevent true amblyopia or lazy eye. ...Read more

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Been depressed for around a month. Lack of sleep and barely eat. Drank heavily. I've noticed that my strabismus is worse than it has been in 14 years. My left eye also feel heavy and burn a little. I'm worried. Could this be related to my depression?

Been depressed for around a month. Lack of sleep and barely eat. Drank heavily. I've noticed that my strabismus is worse than it has been in 14 years. My left eye also feel heavy and burn a little. I'm worried. Could this be related to my depression?

Depression: Our mental state certainly impacts our physical health. Poor eating and heavy drinking makes everything worse. You need to get your depression treated and make lifestyle changes. Please see your doctor and then a mental health professional or a prudent spiritual leader if none is available. You can do it. Peace and good health. Taking action helps lift depression. ...Read more

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After a lazy eye surgery, is it normal for the eye to be a little inward?

After a lazy eye surgery, is it normal for the eye to be a little inward?

Possibly: It is certainly possible that your eyes remain slightly misaligned after strabismus surgery. It depends on how your eyes have developed as well as any residual misalignment that occurs. It is also possible that your eyes may align with time if the vision in both eyes is good. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the eye to still be a little inward after a lazy eye surgery?

Yes: It can be hard to get the alignment exact (tables to estimate the pd change based on mm movement of the muscle). Also, if it's recent since surgery, there may still be some residual inflammation affecting alignment. Plus it may be incomitant so different in various gazes (hard to correct for every gaze). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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 ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 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. See: "http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21 ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 on what the lazy eye is from. If it is due to cross 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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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. ...Read more

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I have a lazy eye. How do I fix it?

I have a lazy eye. How do I fix it?

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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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