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Lazy Eye and LASIK


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"Lazy Eye" is an extremely common condition that simply means your eyes are out of alignment with each other. The most common display of lazy eye is when the left and right eyes will look in different directions at the same time. Children that are diagnosed early on with lazy eye can be given home treatments including eye exercises to help the condition remedy itself.

Although the exact cause of lazy eye is not known, just under 5% of children are diagnosed with this condition and nearly 30% of the population has at least one relative with this condition. In addition to potentially damaged vision, lazy eye can also emotionally affect sufferers in the form of difficulty communicating and often from three to five percent of children have the problem, and often sufferers of lazy eye develop self esteem issues.

The condition should be addressed as soon as it is noticed or permanent loss of vision might be the result. The challenge in treating lazy eye is that it is essential that children develop both eyes at the same time when lazy eye develops and one eye is used dominantly, the condition worsens. There are different types of lazy eye, esotropia is when one eye is turned inwards towards the nose, exotropia is when one eye is turned towards the ear. Hypertropia is when one eye is turned downwards or upwards. No matter which type of lazy eye an individual has, the brain will make necessary adjustments to use the favored eye more and the condition will worsen.

Children are never candidates for the LASIK procedure as their eyes have not finished growing, however adults that have lived their lives with this condition are often excellent candidates to have their lazy eye corrected, as well as their diminished vision through the use of LASIK. A common belief that is that all lazy eye is simply caused by muscles that are too relaxed but that's not always the case. Lazy eye may indeed be a muscular problem in the eye, however it can be caused by signal misfires in the brain and in essence the eyes are not completely picking up full signals for movement from the brain.

There are numerous methods for treating lazy eye. Some lazy eye sufferers can be helped through exercises, others through surgery and there are medications to help with the brain signal malfunctions. If you have lazy eye and you've been able to pinpoint the cause and find a treatment that is working to diminish the problem, consider also the LASIK procedure so you can kiss your glasses or contacts good-bye.


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