Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

January 30, 2012
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Ruth asks…

Is it possible to fix the turn of lazy eye?

Hey guys! I have a couple of questions about lazy eye!

1.) I’m 18 and I wear corrective lenses. I was wanting to get some contacts for them but would that be able to correct the look of the lazy eye? I am aware my vision can never be fixed but it’s embarrassing having my right eye turn in.
2.) Is there any way I can do some therapy exercises to make it stop turning? I’m not sure if it turns or not when I have my glasses on.
3.) How do I know it’s turning for sure? When I take pictures it seems like sometimes it is and sometimes it is not. Nobody has ever told me it looks like I do with my glasses on but with my glasses off I get made fun of.
4.) Is it possible to seem like my eye is more lazy far away? I was recording myself and far away my eye looked bad lazy but up close it was not so bad. Thoughts on that, please

I really just want to know if there is any way I can stop it from turning. It’s so embarrassing and it’s making me so insecure. I sometimes feel like just keeping that eye constantly closed…

5.) Also is it possible for my eye to seem lazy in film and pictures more? I have heard that people notice it more in filming/pictures and i notice it a lot too

6.) Is there any type of surgery for this? I don’t have any insurance and I live by myself. I could make payments for it but how much do you think it would cost?

admin answers:

I believe you are referring to Strabisum which is often incorrectly called “Lazy Eye”. Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes appear to be looking in different directions. The danger with strabismus is that the brain cones may come to rely more on one eye than the other and that part of the brain circuitry connected to the less-favored eye fails to develop properly, leading to amblyopia (blindness) in that eye. . Strabusmus surgery, eye exercises and corrective lenses are used to treat Strabismus.

Amblyopia aka Lazy Eye, is an eye condition which causes reduced vision not correctable by glasses or contact lenses and is not due to any eye disease. The brain, for some reason, does not fully acknowledge the images seen by the amblyopic eye. This almost always affects only one eye but may manifest with reduction of vision in both eyes. It is estimated that three percent of children under six have some form of amblyopia. Treatment for Amblyopia includes eye drops, eye glasses with blurry lenses and patching, which is not very popular now a days.

You need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist who is familiar with, or specializes in Strabismus for a comprehensive eye exam, definitive diagnosis and all your treatment options. An optometrist can certainly diagnosis your problem and suggest treatment, but if surgery is your best option, only an Ophthalmologist can preform the necessary surgery. Fees for surgery can vary from Doctor to Doctor and area to area, but most U.S. Hospitals and ophthalmologists would arrange a payment schedule in keeping with your income and may even reduce their fees.

Sandra asks…

Lazy eye ruining my high school life.please people with experience?

please help.
I’ve been asking this question for days and I don’t seem to be getting any good answers please help.
my lazy eye is ruining my high school life. what exercise can I do to align my lazy eye with the other, please be specific.
eg. take…….. do…….
please I’m looking for therapy, some work outs I could do. surgery is too expensive and it’s not permanent plus it only aligns my eyes buy does nothing to help my vision. don’t get me wrong, I wanna align my eyes but just like I said the surgery is only temporary.
I already wear prism glasses but I don’t see the doing anything, I’ve had them on for 2years now.
it’s not actually ruining my high school life but I’m a guy and I have zero confidence. people ask me where am looking at when I talk to them.sion. don’t get me wrong, I wanna align my eyes but just like I said the surgery is only temporary.
I already wear prism glasses but I don’t see the doing anything, I’ve had them on for 2years now.
it’s not actually ruining my high school life but I’m a guy and I have zero confidence. people ask me where am looking at when I talk to them.

admin answers:

I am sorry but you are not going to make your eyes straight and improve your vision with eye exercises at this point. Probably a better approach would to get counseling that would guide you to not attach so much of your self worth to the appearance of your eyes. You probably also need some guidance on how to respond when people bring the subject up. Some people can comfortably make jokes about this kind of thing while others find a boring clinical explanation does the most to keep the heat down. You may need some help in reading people to understand how best to respond to them. Just because your appearance can’t be fixed does not mean your high school years need to be ruined.

Sharon asks…

I think my 9-month old baby has intermittent lazy eye…?

Once in a rare while, my 9-month old’s eye will roll a little bit inward. I’m not sure if I’m being paranoid, but I think it happens with both eyes. He was too wiggly at his first eye exam last week for any conclusions to be made, but the doctor looked at him and didn’t see anything overly worrisome at that time. She said we can wait until his 12 month checkup to try another eye exam, or we can bring him in earlier if we feel it’s a real problem. Any advice? Any exercises you recommend in the meantime to help both eyes focus better while I check his progress over the next months? I don’t see it happen often (though my mom claims she sees it while she’s babysitting), and I have also seen it in one or two recent pictures of him.

admin answers:

I had a friend who’s son had the same thing…it only happened when he was getting tired. Have you noticed that? He ended up needing glasses and hasn’t had a problem since…not sure why, but that is what happened.

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