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I have a lazy eye. Should I go to an ophthalmologist or to an optometrist?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist can better treat lazy eyes or crooked eyes.
A person who may need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (need reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Ophthalmologists are medical eye doctors who do eye surgeries, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc...

In brief: Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist can better treat lazy eyes or crooked eyes.
A person who may need glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia (need reading glasses), but otherwise has no eye symptoms, can see an optometrist (a non-medical doctor). Ophthalmologists are medical eye doctors who do eye surgeries, treat eye diseases, prescribe medications, etc...
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: An ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist can provide both medical and surgical treatments.

In brief: An ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist can provide both medical and surgical treatments.
Dr. Andrew Dahl
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on age

A lazy eye is one not seeing well usually due to childhood issues which are termed amblyopia.
The "lazy" eye, due to poorer central vision turns in or out at times and sometimes always. Either specialty can provide optimum eye glasses but if you have concerns about the cosmetics of the eye position, you will need an ophthalmologist as he is the only one that can do surgery to straighten eyes.

In brief: Depends on age

A lazy eye is one not seeing well usually due to childhood issues which are termed amblyopia.
The "lazy" eye, due to poorer central vision turns in or out at times and sometimes always. Either specialty can provide optimum eye glasses but if you have concerns about the cosmetics of the eye position, you will need an ophthalmologist as he is the only one that can do surgery to straighten eyes.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Dean Bonsall
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ophthalmologist

If you are interested in surgical correction go see ophthalmologist.

In brief: Ophthalmologist

If you are interested in surgical correction go see ophthalmologist.
Dr. Dean Bonsall
Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology

In brief: Maybe

If you are under the age of 10 then definitely yes.
If your "lazy eye" has vision problems or you wish to have the eye corrected it would be a good idea to get a consultation from an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Maybe

If you are under the age of 10 then definitely yes.
If your "lazy eye" has vision problems or you wish to have the eye corrected it would be a good idea to get a consultation from an ophthalmologist.
Dr. John Odette
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