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Lazy Eye Repair
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Patch good eye:
Over the years, the most consistant approach has been to patch the good eye to encourage greater use of the weaker, "lazy eye".
Where this is not possible or feasable, the good eye can be dilated with a cycloplegic such as cyclogel! % 1-2x per day to encourage more intensive use of the weaker eye. ...Read more
Amblyopia: Amblyopia is a condition in which an eye which is otherwise normal, sees less well. It is almost always caused by some eye malposition or refractive differencies between the two eyes in infancy and early childhood. The pattern of amblyopia becomes fixed if not treated by age 8 years. After that, exercises, etc. Cannot correct the condition. The eye may drift from the other - termed "lazy eye". ...Read more