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Is there a surgery to fix a lazy eye?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Eyes can be aligned with muscle surgery, but it's an estimation based on tables so it's not always completely on target and works better for larger deviations.

In brief: Yes

Eyes can be aligned with muscle surgery, but it's an estimation based on tables so it's not always completely on target and works better for larger deviations.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If a "lazy eye" is due to eye alignment then eye muscle surgery to help align the eyes better can improve amblyopia.
Often the better seeing eye needs to be patched as well to force the weaker eye to develop.

In brief: Yes

If a "lazy eye" is due to eye alignment then eye muscle surgery to help align the eyes better can improve amblyopia.
Often the better seeing eye needs to be patched as well to force the weaker eye to develop.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Lisa Abrams
Ophthalmology - Pediatric

In brief: Yes-misaligned eye

If the eye is wandering or crossed, surgery may help.
Surgery will not fix amblyopia (lazy eye) which is poor vision in one eye--surgery only puts the eyes back into their "normal" anatomic position. Even when the eyes are straightened, they still may not work together. A detailed examination with a strabismus surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for surgery.

In brief: Yes-misaligned eye

If the eye is wandering or crossed, surgery may help.
Surgery will not fix amblyopia (lazy eye) which is poor vision in one eye--surgery only puts the eyes back into their "normal" anatomic position. Even when the eyes are straightened, they still may not work together. A detailed examination with a strabismus surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
Dr. Lisa Abrams
Dr. Lisa Abrams
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