Looking Ahead With A Lazy Eye

Lazy eye, known medically as amblyopia and/or strabismus, is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned and point in different directions. While one eye may look straight ahead, the other may turn inward, outward, upward or downward.

Strabismus can be present in childhood or can be acquired in adulthood. It can be physically and emotionally distressing to the individual dealing with it. Often, teenagers and adults suffer with strabismus for years or even a lifetime because they were told it is not a treatable condition; but contrary to what many think, this condition is totally treatable at all ages.

A lazy eye can be treated with surgery or, in some cases, with visual aids (glasses or prisms). Treatment is done to improve visual function (such as alleviating double vision) and cosmetic appearance.

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