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Is lazy eye curable or incurable?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on timing

To successfully treat amblyopia it is best to identify the problem as early as possible in childhood and apply the appropriate therapy consistently.
By age 7-8 most of the eye development is complete and the amblyopia is permanent.

In brief: Depends on timing

To successfully treat amblyopia it is best to identify the problem as early as possible in childhood and apply the appropriate therapy consistently.
By age 7-8 most of the eye development is complete and the amblyopia is permanent.
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Kerry Hunt
There is some evidence to suggest there may even be some benefit to intervention up to age 12 but the younger the better. Treatment options include glasses/contacts, patching, cycloplegia (penalization), and surgery. Each case is unique and not every patient is treated the same.
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Most of development 7-8 , but complete closer to 12 years old
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Curable if 8 or less

Lazy eye has 2 definitions: 1.
Amblyopia- this is an eye that doesn't see well due to abnormal visual stimuli to the brain during development (age 0-8). If not corrected by glasses and patching by age 8 or so, the loss of vision is permanent. If by lazy eye you mean an eye that is misaligned, this can be fixed by surgery at any age.

In brief: Curable if 8 or less

Lazy eye has 2 definitions: 1.
Amblyopia- this is an eye that doesn't see well due to abnormal visual stimuli to the brain during development (age 0-8). If not corrected by glasses and patching by age 8 or so, the loss of vision is permanent. If by lazy eye you mean an eye that is misaligned, this can be fixed by surgery at any age.
Dr. Gary Wortz
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Dr. Lisa Abrams
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on age

First, it depends on the age of the patient.
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. see also: http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21

In brief: Depends on age

First, it depends on the age of the patient.
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. see also: http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21
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