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Why does my lazy eye stray when I look in a certain direction?

Why does my lazy eye stray when I look in a certain direction?

Lazy eye: The dominant eye is doing all the focusing work. The lazy eye will wander because it is not being used as much for gathering visual information. Thus, when not is use, it will drift in another direction. ...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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I'm 20 and a have a lazy eye. My right eye always pointed in other direction? Sometimes it seems that a I have double visions, is there a possible fix?

I'm 20 and a have a lazy eye. My right eye always pointed in other direction? Sometimes it seems that a I have double visions, is there a possible fix?

Yes and NO: At your age lazy eye is not treatable adequately. But crossing of the eyes may be corrected by muscle surgery. However if you see double you may not have that severe amblyopia and straightening your eyes may actually increase your double vision time. See a strabismus ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have a lazy eye, I was born cross-eyed and had surgery. When I was in college, I noticed that my left eye was going in a different direction. Is there anyway I can prevent the right eye from becoming lazy?

I have a lazy eye, I was born cross-eyed and had surgery. When I was in college, I noticed that my left eye was going in a different direction. Is there anyway I can prevent the right eye from becoming lazy?

Which eye had: surgery? If it was your 'lazy left eye' and now it's going in a different direction, it may be from studying and not resting at all hours of the night, fatigue. You do need to see your eye doctor for definitive diagnosis! If your right eye is dominant, and not moving funny, chances are high it won't move and become lazy! So, see your eye doctor, and have this evaluated further to discuss options. ...Read more

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Please explain why does my lazy eye make my head hurt?

Please explain why does my lazy eye make my head hurt?

Usually not related: If you have moderate to severe amblyopia it usually does not contribute to headaches. However if you are one the few that has mild amblyopia and some 3d ability left, you may see double and push your muscles to see one and that can cause a headache. Must see your eye md for the actual cause. ...Read more

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Will my son's lazy eye go away on its own?

Will my son's lazy eye go away on its own?

No: Lazy has come to mean a few things. If you mean the eyelid is droopy, this will not change on its own and should be evaluated by an oculoplastic surgeon/ophthalmologist to rule out horner's syndrome or other causes and then possibly corrected with surgery. If the eye itself is turning in or out, this should be evaluated by a pediatric eye doctor asap. Both problems can cause loss of vision. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do about my lazy eye?

Is there anything I can do about my lazy eye?

Maybe: Therapy for amblyopia depends greatly on your age. If you are a child less than 7-8 years of age there is good potential for permanent visual improvement. Older than this, therapeutic benefits decline but may still be attained up through the teenage years. Of course, getting the best glasses or contact lenses can help as well. ...Read more

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Can you develop a lazy eye in your adult years?

Can you develop a lazy eye in your adult years?

No: The vast majority of visual development is complete by age 7 or 8. Some improvement in vision may be attained at ages up to 18 or so but the gains are modest. It's best to begin treatment as early as possible. ...Read more

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What can be done to improve vision of lazy eye?

What can be done to improve vision of lazy eye?

Rx May help: 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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Please tell me what can I do about my lazy eye?

Please tell me what can I do about my lazy eye?

Time for a visit: You need to visit an ophthalmologist and have a basic assessment done. You will need to clarify the issue. Some consider poorly a poorly aligned eye, "lazy" while it is better used for visual loss from one eye. Eye surgery may help re-align the eyes, but long term vision loss is usually permanent. Only a proper evaluation could be sure. ...Read more

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Do contact lences hide the fact you have a lazy eye?

No: Contact lenses can improve the vision by providing the proper correction but if an eye is lazy (lowered vision termed amblyopia), then the lens can only improve it as much as possible but if the eye wants to drift out of position, it will despite the contact lens. ...Read more

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Can a "lazy eye" that has never been treated be fixed?

Can a "lazy eye" that has never been treated be fixed?

Probably no: Great question. Most believe that there will be no improvement with amblyopia treatment. However some research in israel indicates that adult patching may have benefit. Controversial. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there a way to make a lazy eye normal?

Can you tell me is there a way to make a lazy eye normal?

Yes but not at your: Age. The sooner the treatment starts the better the results. If completely treated by age 4 ; eyes are straight then you develop 3d vision ; may become completely normal. 4-9 years of age is still golden for treatment of amblyopia. Recently there have been studies that show lazy eyes are treatable till age 18. Although the gain may be less ; less but there is permanent gain up to that age. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a lazy eye to strengthen over the years?

Is it possible for a lazy eye to strengthen over the years?

.: Contact a opthalmologist. Multiple reasons for lazy eyes, and each one has different management. Delay of treatment may cause partial blindness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I treat my amblyopia or lazy eye?

Not at your age: 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. ...Read more

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

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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What are the symptoms associated with a lazy eye (amblyopia)?

What are the symptoms associated with a lazy eye (amblyopia)?

Blurred vision: Amblyopia is a doctor's name for diminished vision, usually in just one eye, in the absence of demonstrable anatomic abnormalities, i.e. The eye exam appears normal. Common causes are a difference in the refraction (how near-sighted or far-sighted) between the eyes, or a misalignment of the eyes. Often no abnormal outward appearace is present, and the condition is discovered on school screenings. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a way to make a lazy eye normal?

Help! Need to know if there's a way to make a lazy eye normal?

Depends on variables: Amblyopia (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 (adults or kids over 8), normal function is unlikely with any treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my contacts to make me look like I have a lazy eye?

Is it normal for my contacts to make me look like I have a lazy eye?

No: If you have an underlying tendancy for an eye to turn in or out when tired, an improper prescription contact lens may bring this out. Otherwise, it would be unlikely for this to occur from contact wear itself. ...Read more

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What commonly causes a lazy eye and one side of the body to be weaker?

Lazy Eye: Lazy eye may be related to amblyopia, where one eye is stronger than the other. Most commonly, one eye is turned in or out. If this happens in early childhood, patients will develop a suppression scotoma and will not develop double vision. Later in life, an acquired strabismus may cause double vision. Amblyopic can also be caused by a refractive difference between eyes or a cataract or ptosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have one lazy eye can that surgically be fixed?

Depends on: What you mean by lazy eye. The term is used for three conditions, a droopy eyelid, a misaligned eye or an eye that does not see well. Which is your problem? ...Read more

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Does an eye patch really help a lazy eye?

Yes: Though there is some reduced benefit once the eye has fully developed. ...Read more

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Do glasses or contacts help with a lazy eye?

Yes: Helps to eliminate refractive error. This can balance eyes and prevent amblyopia. Also help with fusion if the images from both eyes are clearer. ...Read more

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Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

Only in the young: 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. ...Read more

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Can a lazy eye be caused by a hit to the eye?

Maybe: If the injury occured as a young child, it could have led to muscle damage that misaligned the eye, or scar or cataract that blocked the eye's vision. The hit is less likely to be the cause if it occured as an older child or adult. Rarely, an undiagnosed amblyopia can be discovered after an injury brings attention to the eye. ...Read more

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Does wearing an eye patch correct a lazy eye?

Does wearing an eye patch correct a lazy eye?

Won't work: Eye patching works primarly in children who are 8 years old or less. Older children and teenagers who have never been treated may respond to patching. Adults do not respond. ...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