Perhaps you’ve had a lazy eye as a child, you know someone who has a lazy eye or you have it yourself. If you want to learn more about lazy eye, then you’ve come to the right place.
What Is a Lazy Eye?
The first thing we need to know is what lazy eye is. The medical term for it is amblyopia, and it means that one of the two eyes has a blurry or reduced vision for no particular reason. A lazy eye will start when one of the two eyes has more focus, which will cause the brain to start using the information from one eye for providing sight.
What Causes Lazy Eyes?
Often it starts when one of the two eyes has a better vision than the other, possibly because one of the eyes is a little farsighted or because of strabismus, which is when both eyes point in a different direction. Another cause would be that one of the lenses of the eyes is a little cloudy, which will cause the vision to be blurry. The brain will start using the other eye to create a clear vision.
Even though the lazy eye can have many causes, there is a still a genetic component. It isn’t clear how this works, but it has been proven that lazy eye can be passed down via genetics.
Can Lazy Eyes Cause Headaches or Double Vision?
Yes, lazy eye can cause a headache. This makes sense when you consider the fact that lazy eye causes one eye to work extra hard. This extra strain on your eyes can cause you a headache. In children having double vision can also be a symptom of lazy eye, so be wary when your child that they see double, you probably want to visit an eye doctor.
Are Lazy Eyes Permanent or Can They Be Fixable?
Lazy eye is anything but permanent; it can almost always be fixed. The cause of the lazy eye determines what kind of treatment is advised. In most cases using glasses to help the lazy eye focus or using a patch over the non-lazy eye can help fix the lazy eye. Lazy eye can be fixed, and it doesn’t have to be a problem anymore. It can only cause a permanent problem when nothing is done about it; the vision can become permanently damaged. This is why you should always aim to do something about it as soon as possible.
Does Lazy Eye Surgery Work?
In some cases, lazy eye surgery will be advised for fixing the lazy eye. When the lazy eye is caused by strabismus then surgery to the eye muscles and fix the strabismus and thus also correct the lazy eye. It is a procedure that takes only one day, and it’s a very common form of eye surgery that won’t be painful.
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