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What happens if a lazy eye suddenly gets a lot worse?

What happens if a lazy eye suddenly gets a lot worse?

Evaluate: A "lazy" is an eye that does not track with the other eye (in or out) due to poorer quality of vision from that eye in infancy and childhood. If there is a sudden worsening (turns in or out more) than the eye (s) need evaluation to see if there is an interior or muscular problem more than the initial event. You need to see your ophthalmologist for this. ...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 happens to a lazy eye if it's not treated? Does the lazy eye eventually stabilize or does it keep getting worse without treatment? .

What happens to a lazy eye if it's not treated? Does the lazy eye eventually stabilize or does it keep getting worse without treatment? .

It: It is very important to address the treatment of a lazy eye. If left untreated, the visual potential of the "lazy eye" can be severely limited. Unfortunately, once the window of treatment is lost, and this is generally in childhood (the younger the better!), then any treatment will have limited or no potential to improve vision! ...Read more

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If I have a lazy eye can I become blind if I don't wear glasses? I have been told the brain gets used to not using it and therefore will get worse.

If I have a lazy eye can I become blind if I don't wear glasses? I have been told the brain gets used to not using it and therefore will get worse.

Define "blind": Think of your eyes as 2 video cameras sitting close together. If they are both focused the same and provide the brain a clear image, the brain is happy. If one is weak, points a different way or otherwise gives a poor image, the brain is mad & can eventually turn of the input. It takes years for this to happen, but it can and does. If you ignore treatment, expect to be functionally blind in one eye. ...Read more

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I've lazy eye on my left & will squint when not using. Everytime I focus, my left eye will squint Will it get worse and cause the squint to be perment?

Lazy eye: Please see an Opthalmologist who can do a good exam and give you treatment options it can remain permanent if left unattended ...Read more

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I'm 57 with a lazy eye. I work as a coder reading inpatient charts and it seems to be getting worse. Can it get worse with this job?

I'm 57 with a lazy eye. I work as a coder reading inpatient charts and it seems to be getting worse. Can it get worse with this job?

Yes and No: There's nothing specific about your job as a coder that will make it worse. ANY job involving lots of reading and/or computer screen work has the potential to flare the condition up. Talk with your ophthalmologist about how to exercise the eye and how to work rests into your day to give your muscles a break. We use our eyes constantly as we work, so not anything specific with your current job. ...Read more

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My 3.5 yr old has had a lazy eye documented since less than a yr old, it's gotten so much worse and only have medicaid now. Frisco- any good surgeons?

My 3.5 yr old has had a lazy eye documented since less than a yr old, it's gotten so much worse and only have medicaid now. Frisco- any good surgeons?

Maybe not necessary: Has your child been evaluated for eyeglasses? If the child is farsighted, wearing the proper eyeglasses will often straighten the eyes without surgery. Glasses are easily adjusted as the child grows and the eyes change. Doing surgery too young may result in an eye that turns out as a teen, which is even worse than the initial problem. ...Read more

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My daughters eye was injured during delivery when the obgyn reached in and turn her his thumb dug into her eye and she has since had a lazy eye it is not too bad but she always wears her hair over that eye to conceal it which I believe makes it worse beca

My daughters eye was injured during delivery when the obgyn reached in and turn her his thumb dug into her eye and she has since had a lazy eye it is not too bad but she always wears her hair over that eye to conceal it which I believe makes it worse beca

Surgery is possible.: I am on obstetrician. I have never seen or heard of the thumb causing a strabismus or lazy eye. In any case the "lazy eye" is common and occurs to lesser and greater extents. Here on paris hilton you have a very slight case. Other examples are extreme. Most pediatric ophthalmologists can assess and recommend if pertinent a surgical correction. There may be exercise options as well. Check it out! ...Read more

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What happens to lazy eye as you grow old?

Repeat evaluation: Eye crossing can return as you age. Strabismus surgery is rarely permanent and often needs to be repeated later in life as eyes can decompensate. See a pediatric ophthalmologist for a reevaluation. Repeat surgery can be performed if necessary. ...Read more

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What happens to lazy eye as you getolder?

What happens to lazy eye as you getolder?

It Does Not Change: Lazy eye, or amblyopia results from any one of several causes during early childhood. The eyes can be crossed or turned out which causes double vision. The brain will not tolerate double vision and so basically "turns off" one eye. Other causes can be a huge difference in the optical prescription between the two eyes. After about age 5 there usually is no correction for this. ...Read more

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What happens to a lazy eye as you grow older?

What happens to a lazy eye as you grow older?

Nothing: Once visual development is completed, the lazy eye just ages at the normal rate and can get the same eye diseases as a regular eye such as cataract. Uncorrected strabismus can worsen over time. ...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 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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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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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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What are some signs I have lazy eye?

What are some signs I have lazy eye?

Lazy eye: One eye moves normally in the direction of an object, while the other eye points in, out, up or down. ...Read more

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Is there a way to control a lazy eye?

Is there a way to control a lazy eye?

Depends: Lazy eye is a vague term. If you mean droopy lid, this is ptosis which would likely need surgery to be corrected. If you are referring to misalignment of the eyes this is strabismus. This is treated with glasses, exercises, surgery or patching (children only). If you are referring to poor vision in 1 eye (amblyopia) then glasses or patching may help but usually only in kids. See your eye doc. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a lazy eye?

What are the characteristics of a lazy eye?

Turning off vision: The human brain utilized the input of both eyes to aid in depth perception/distance etc. As a child grows, their eyes may have different strength, or weakness in an eye muscle may allow one to line up wrong. The fuzzy or double vision confuses the brain. Over time the brain may begin turning off the input of one eye & keep the best. That process is called amblyopia. If caught early it can be fixed. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of fixing a lazy eye?

What are some benefits of fixing a lazy eye?

Cosmesis: Often in teenagers or adults requests are made to straighten a strabismic eye. This is done primarily for psychsocial reasons to make the eyes appear more natural. Frequently, the eye misaligment is worse in one eye and surgery is often performed on the amblyopic eye only. The vision however will not improve. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix a lazy eye? If so, how?

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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What could cause me to be developing a lazy eye?

You can't: A lazy eye can develop only in children who are eight years old or younger. Adults cannot develop lazy eyes. Tell us your symptoms and we can help you. ...Read more

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Any possibilities are there to cure my lazy eye?

Any possibilities are there to cure my lazy eye?

Appears so: I did some research on this as I'm used to my younger patients being treated with patching. It appears there may be some treatment options for adults. The link I am sending is not encouraging Tetris :) but the rest of the article was interesting and may be worth sharing with your MD to see if treatment options are available to you.
http://www. Cbsnews. Com/news/tetris-may-help-treat-lazy-eye-in-adults/ ...Read more

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Is there a way to fix a lazy eye (amblyopia) in adults?

Is there a way to fix a lazy eye (amblyopia) in adults?

NO: Not that we know of. If younger than 9 years of age, patching of the other eye may help, as well as glasses. In an adult there has been no sucessful treatment. Studies have shown that if you loose the good (non-amblyopic eye), the lazy eye will slowly improve (very slowly). When it is forced to function without help from the other eye. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery to fix a lazy eye?

Yes and no: Lazy eye, or amblyopia is a condition where the brain begins turning off one eye because the image is different/fuzzy. It may be improved by non-surgical means if the eyes line up correctly, but it often leads to cross eyes. Surgery can help re-align the eyes as part of treatment, but if the problem has gone on too long, the amblyopia can persist. At that point, surgery's value is cosmetic ...Read more

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My 7 y old has a lazy eye. Any suggestions?

Lazy eye: "lazy eye" is a term for strabismus in which one eye is not properly aligned. The complications include amblyopia with loss of vision in affected eye. See your ophthalmologist for testing and management. ...Read more

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Is there a surgical procedure to fix my lazy eye?

Yes: A surgical procedure can correct the alignment of a "lazy eye" to make it appear straight. But if the vision is reduced in a lazy eye ("amblyopia"), then after the age of about 8-10 years it can't be improved to the normal level in most cases. ...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