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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Ferzaad Moosa Dr. Moosa
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
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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!

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Dr. Venkata Vallury Dr. Vallury
Pediatrics
39 years in practice
Kakatiya University, Kakatiya Medical College
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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

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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.

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Dr. David Speck Dr. Speck
Ophthalmology
38 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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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.

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Dr. John Kirk Dr. Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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!

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Dr. Matheson Harris Dr. Harris
Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold Dr. Gold
Ophthalmology
49 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Michael Kermani Dr. Kermani
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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My blurry sight from a lazy eye gets better when I press down on my eyebrow. Why?

My blurry sight from a lazy eye gets better when I press down on my eyebrow. Why?

Check for glasses: Most likely you have a "refractive error" or need for glasses for that (or maybe both) eye (s). Having that checked is healthier & will be of better quality of vision rather than the pushing technique. Pushing the eye or brow can also lead to other eye risks including retinal damage, high eye pressures, and corneal or astigmatism changes - so, don't do that anymore!

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Lisa Abrams Dr. Abrams
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
26 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Sarah Helfand Dr. Helfand
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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).

Dr. Todd Goldblum Dr. Goldblum
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
28 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Tim Conrad Dr. Conrad
Ophthalmology
30 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How can I treat a lazy eye?

How can I treat a lazy eye?

No treatment: There is no effective treatment for a lazy eye in an adult.

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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).

Dr. Dean Bonsall
311 Doctors shared insights

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