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How cruel. Why do they call it a lazy eye?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Old sayings

A "lazy eye" is one that has lowered vision termed amblyopia and which turns or moves to a different direction than the fully seeing eye.
It is as if the eye were not working as hard, therefore it seems lazy. There are a number of causes for this which your ophthalmologist can explain and in some cases provide some help.

In brief: Old sayings

A "lazy eye" is one that has lowered vision termed amblyopia and which turns or moves to a different direction than the fully seeing eye.
It is as if the eye were not working as hard, therefore it seems lazy. There are a number of causes for this which your ophthalmologist can explain and in some cases provide some help.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Other people will be far more cruel to anyone with a visible birth defect or a functional handicap. It's wrong but it's an ugly fact of life. I am glad that the diagnosis has been made and I hope that with your compliance -- which is a challenge -- treatment will be successful.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Reading minds ?

Who knows why some people use terms like lazy eye.
For some it is misused to describe those whose eyes don't line up & they can't tell which eye is looking at them (or how to look at them). It is a handicap & many make fun of them. True lazy eye (amblyopia) occurs when the brain refuses images from a weaker or misaligned eye. The general public neither understand or know it is there.

In brief: Reading minds ?

Who knows why some people use terms like lazy eye.
For some it is misused to describe those whose eyes don't line up & they can't tell which eye is looking at them (or how to look at them). It is a handicap & many make fun of them. True lazy eye (amblyopia) occurs when the brain refuses images from a weaker or misaligned eye. The general public neither understand or know it is there.
Dr. James Ferguson
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