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What causes lazy eye?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Non-working = lazy

Lazy eye refers to several issues that can cause the brain to quit accepting input from an affected eye, so it is not working =lazy.
Example: 1 eye presents a sharp image to the brain, 1 a fuzzy image. The brain chooses to keep the sharp image & quit "looking" at the other image. Timed patching of the good eye makes the brain keep using the weak eye. The eye dr works to improve the weak eye.

In brief: Non-working = lazy

Lazy eye refers to several issues that can cause the brain to quit accepting input from an affected eye, so it is not working =lazy.
Example: 1 eye presents a sharp image to the brain, 1 a fuzzy image. The brain chooses to keep the sharp image & quit "looking" at the other image. Timed patching of the good eye makes the brain keep using the weak eye. The eye dr works to improve the weak eye.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Lisa Abrams
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Genetics

Most lazy eye (amblyopia) is inherited--not directly from the parents often but other family members may have it.
Children with a family history of amblyopia or strabismus should be examined at a young age (around 3) as the condition is not always apparent to parents/pediatricians. see also: http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21

In brief: Genetics

Most lazy eye (amblyopia) is inherited--not directly from the parents often but other family members may have it.
Children with a family history of amblyopia or strabismus should be examined at a young age (around 3) as the condition is not always apparent to parents/pediatricians. see also: http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/21
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