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adult lazy eye

I had a lazy eye ever since i was 6 and never corrected it and bot my eyes are farsighted so my vison is really messed up. It really effects my whole life in evereyaspect and i just would like to know is there any one else with the same disorder and how is everyday for you?
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Hi,
This is the first time i feel like im not alone. Im 18 yrs old and have been wearing glasses permanently ever since i was about 10 but wen i was 14 i realised that my left eye points outwards without my glasses. I feel so ugly&Horrible some day i cant even look at myself.No one understands me they think im just lazy. i started college for the second time but left bcuz i cnt socialise with anyone as im scared there gunna find out about my eye.its not fair no one else in my family is suffering from this so why me? i cant cope with this i just want to be normal!!!


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I'm very touched by the stories I've read on here today.

I'm 29, and I have been living with a blind eye and lazy eye due to glaucoma for most of my life. No one will truly understand the pain and discomfort that comes with dealing with this condition. Finding a job has been one of the hardest things to do, people take my lazy eye as a sign of weakness. I often feel as I get older, my self esteem, social presence, and patience has reduced in comparison to what it once was. I pray that some day, the science is made available to fix this problem with very little side effects. Until then, I hope you all keep your heads up, put a smile on, and try to make the best of a bad situation. At least, we are able to type our feeling down and see what we are writting. :0)


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Hi. I'm 20 years old and have lived with a lazy right eye my entire life.

I just discovered this message board, and it is quite a comfort to see that I am not alone. It is a difficult thing to cope with. I too have to deal with the strange looks, the glance over the shoulder, the "What are you looking at?" questions. It's hard. It's disturbing. I look down a lot. I avoid pictures, and when I can't avoid them, I take them at an angle. You know what I'm talking about.

But the most difficult part of this condition is, for me, the way people assume that something's wrong with me. I know there isn't. I know I'm a normal girl like anyone else. I just happen to have a weak eye. But it bothers me, so much, the way people sometimes speak to me. Slowly, to make sure I can understand. And the looks I get! They range from judgmental (no, I'm not making faces at you!) to mocking, to pity. I think the pity is the worst. I don't want pity.

I don't want pity because I don't want to feel sorry for myself. It's easy to do. I do it all the time. Woah is me-I look strange. But I don't want to dwell on it, for a number of reasons. I don't want people to feel sorry for me- I want them to see me as normal, and for the to happen, I must view myself as normal as well.

I also feel selfish. It seems infinitely selfish to dwell on a flaw as small as a bad eye in comparison to the battles others fight every day. There are worse disfigurements than a lazy eye, and many of them are handled with more grace than I can claim to possess.

And most importantly, I don't want to feel sorry for myself because I refuse to allow my life to be dictated by my ----ing eye, for God's sake! Influenced, of course. That's inevitable. But I will not be overcome.

And so I try to view it as a gift. If I am going to be negatively affected by this thing, then I am going to at least be affected in a few positive ways as well. I have empathy because of it. Anyone fighting a battle against a deformity? I get it. Kind of, at least. And because I know how it feels to be socially ostracized for being "weird looking", I am infinitely slower to judge anyone. For anything. Because I understand, thanks to this affliction, that our faults are not our fault. We can do nothing but attempt to live with grace and with an attitude of strength and fortitude.

And one last good thing- the people I'm friends with? The small circle of people I'm really close to? They are the same way, by necessity. You have to be a sweetheart to look past and through a disfigurement, and I am so thankful for those that have.

This has just been me thinking aloud and trying to deal with my own stuff, hopefully in a forum of people who can relate. It's one thing to be able to call this condition a blessing in disguise- it's another to feel it. Especially when facing those confused, mildly freaked out faces every time I go out. It's good to know I'm not alone, and God bless.


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Hey everyone..
I am Grace .. and I an 19 year old girl.All these years I felt I was the sole victim of this visual disease lazy eye..but after reading the above heartwrenching stories I am actually glad that am not fighting alone! I have a whole bunch of bravest people on earth with me.Yes this disease is mentally difficult to cope up with but some brave people above has showed optimistic vibes.. which made me believe we can all fight this lazy eye one fine day!!
If people can find life and water on mars and much more things beyond our reach.. if they can discover unimaginable things.. am sure there will be a saviour one day who ll make things easier for us!!! I am scared about the day after everyday..thinking the worst things to happen ..but deep inside a hope lightens me up.
Till the day I can see the world perfectly with both my eyes!! Fingers crossed!! :)


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Hello every body my name is Ray I'm 48yo I was born with a lazy right eye as well. I never new about it at all until a late age when I was about 12yo I think. By that time eye exercise was too late.I been dealing with this all my life and hope by now they will have a fix for it but I never hear of any yet. To help protect my good lift eye for getting bad I do get eye check up once a year, I wear proscription sunglasses with the sun protection screen when its a sunny day and eat a lot of carrots and green veg. This seem to help prevent eye headache and stress on my one good eye. I just hope and pray I don't good blind when I'm much older. So far this have not affected my career I just have to watch my blood pressure. For all your how is younger then me do not let this stop your dreams. You can still live out your dreams and live a great life. THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING


Thank you posting your stories!!





Wow it is a great relief to know that I am not alone. I am 33 years old and had a pencil puncture my right eye when I was 4 years old. For whatever reason, my mother switched doctors 2 days after the injury and insisted upon my lens being removed but refused to allow the doctors to implant a lens onto the eye. In 1984-1986 they had me wearing a hard contact lens that hurt my eye to wear and tears constantly flowed from the uncomfortable contacts I was prescribed. I was also developing scar tissue which blocked my pupil making it super tiny and for some reason my eye is a different color and has wandered to the right since. They tried fitting me with super ridiculously thick glasses that I was to wear with my contact in order to achieve the level of prescription I needed (but even with it I could not see anything other than outlines of things and colors if they were bold) anyways the glasses would not sit level on my face because the side of my good eye was fogged over and even even thicker than coke bottle lens on my bad side. The adults in my life were trying to make my right eye work but the eye did not have vision and certainly not when compared to my 20/20 vision that good eye had. Needles to say patching didnt work without having a lens on my right eye. I quit wearing the glasses and contact at a young age. I've developed several cataracts & recently thought my retina was detaching because my bad eye looks worse than ever and is never even remotely straight nowadays. I went back to the same surgeon who had done an amazing job saving my eye and it truly is a miracle that I have vision in spite of the initial trauma and 30 years of having an aphakic eye. I don't have insurance so he has so very generously reduced the cost of surgery and I am making deposit payments (layaway) for my eye surgery. He thinks he can fix it .. Or at least give me a chance to have a backup if my good eye continues to worsen in its ability to see. He said I will have to do vision therapy for a few months.. But I'm willing to do anything to improve the wandering lazy eye.. So I'll look like a pirate for a while.

Aargh maties, I know exactly where you all are coming from about your self confidence / esteem. My eye has always turned but I not always at the right angle it stays in today. I used to not be so freaking afraid of people or as anti-social. I used to be embarrassed about it on occasion- now I feel humiliated and trying to talk to people (even relatives) who used to not notice the eye turning, to see them struggle with which eye to look at as they graciously refuse to look away or (behind them like strangers do) to know if my family can't tell I'm talking to them then I know the public will not either. I work 2 jobs both dealing with the public and I am going to college full time as well. All these strangers looking around when I talk to them has me zoning into isolation and scarily low self esteem in spite of having made good grades. I don't even bother trying to look people in the eye most of the time because they won't know that I am and then that's just going to make me feel worse... So I look down or to the left or right or pretend to be looking at the register keys while talking to them.. Which by the way apparently is frustrating customers and my boss because a coworker asked about my surgery today and wanted to know if it is going to straighten my eye. I started to explain it and he cut me off and told me.. Get this.., "cause it bothers a lot of his friends." The man is 45 not 12 .. I just told him it bothers me too but his friends are very rude to have said that.

Those things make you want to not even go out of the house. And I don't except to work and school though the entire time Im in public all I can think of is how to avoid looking at people. Makes for some pretty bad company lately and I am wondering if I may need a straight jacket if I can't straighten my eye.

I'm not intending for this to be a pitty party by any means- and there is some satisfaction during the most embarrassing moments of some people who yell at me or get angry when I'm looking at them and they demand me to look at them. When I tell them Im blind in that eye- some seem to realize that they shouldn't judge. I realize that what people think should not matter- It didn't used to bother me.. Now I am a hermit who works 60 hours with face to face stranger contact and spiraling self esteem. Who's going to look like a pirate for a few months :)

I'm not writing this to whine or complain.. I'm writing this because reading for the first time that other people have the same problems- lifted my spirits- I hope maybe someone else who feels alone and is struggling to find faith in themselves and humanity might find their spirits lifted as well by my letter.

We aren't the only batsh_t crazy one eyed people ;)

And for loads of fun when you get your groove back, check out Heywood Banks' song from the Bob and Tom show, "The one eyed one I love." We have to laugh the eye or we would cry far too much. Keep your chin up- even if your eyes are down- and hang in there.

P.S. Dr. Robert Gerald with Panhandle Eye Group is who is going to do my lens surgery and start me on vision therapy-- but if it doesn't work, I'm going to have the surgery for the lazy eye (paid in full by making payments before the surgery) and Ill post my results.

Dang I did not intend to write a freaking book!! Good luck everyone.


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My names amanda and at 28 my lazy eye has never bothered me as much as now. Though I learned to cope with it doesn't mean I'm proud of what I see. Though I don't get teased as I'm an adult. I myself am bothered with it. I find that I stare at the mirror hoping I can find a way to straighten my left eye. I try to focus on other parts of my face.. I like my lips and my dimples. And I can't help but wonder how I would look if both my eyes were straight...I try and avoid eye contact not only with strangers but my close family and friends as well. Not only this but I get headaches trying to focus and my si ght is getting worse...I will be looking into procedures..as I can not live this way..


I am 17years old with lazy eye(left eye)



I am Malaysian Chinese from Malaysia and next year I will be going UK study foundation course and university, and I just sometimes use my left eye(lazy eye) trying to get well instead of getting any treatment. Besides I am very young I have my dream and I am very put effort on my study to become a great person. I only have my mother to pay for my study, so I need your help and I don't want to lose my eye and my dream...


my adult lazy eye - ironically....what a blessing - Plez read all of my story...hope it inspires you



I agree with everything Pirateman said....but offcourse its always harder to to put something into practice vs. just reading it. im 28 years old I have a lazy eye which i can slightly control (but still everyone notices it), i have strabismus, anaridia (no iris in both eyes causing extreme light sensitivity), a non-fully developed retina (which doesnt allow regular corrective lenses to work...only bioptics), and 20/80 in both eyes. I was born like this an have been severely made fun of at school from 3rd-12th grade....i even would get made fun of people who would themselves be picked on by others. I learned to just laugh it off and/or walk away from the abuse....but sometimes that would never work...sometimes the only thing to gain respect would be to stand up to them and fight them. I have had very few friends all my life because this condition has caused me to be shy, introverted, have low self esteem, and an outcast most of the time. However, in the end this has made me a very understanding, tolerant, resiliant, tough, and independent person. But like Pirateman said...there are people with much much much worse disabilities out there...and they have compensated for it and still have a positive resiliant outlook on life.
I truly believe that God (or whoever created everything) has blessed me with this eye condition....9 years ago my life was crap and i decided to try to join the Marines....i went thru the whole process but barely barely failed the medical exam because of my eyes....i was so depressed that I couldnt get my life back on track by joining the Marines ...but now i look back and thank God that i didnt make it....cause if i did then I wouldve probably been dead from fighting the war in the Middle East which in my opinion is a war without a noble and just cause....so in other words... feel that my life has been saved because of my eye condition.
Also, I can still drive perfectly anywhere (without corrective lenses) and can find anything with the help of a GPS. Offcourse this took ALOT of practice to compensate for me low vision driving skills.
I can see separately with both eyes which can be a helpful talent regarding peripheral vision in self defense and sports. Offcourse i have had alot of trouble in the dating scene due to my eyes and confidence. However, I have learned to compensate for that and boost my confidence by becoming a great salsa dancer, weightlifter, and runner...and just an overall sweet person
I have always had trouble seeing the chalk board at school and even sitting in the front row wouldnt help much...so i would have to use a monocular to see the boar...which offcourse attracted attention...even if i sat in the very back. But in the end this has taught me to become a very independent learner...i would learn the class material not from what the teacher wrote on the board, but by reading the textbooks at home. This has even led to me tutoring people who have perfectly good vision and no disabilities. Currently i am going to school to be a math teacher

Even after saying all this....i will admit that i still do get insecure at times and annoyed by how my eyes affect my social interactions.....however i always remind myself of the positive side which it has brought me .....along with the fact that "the grass is always greener on the other side"


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I am a 38 year old man with a lazy right eye. I read a lot of peoples entries and stories on this page, but I dont understand all the whining and complaining. Yes it sucks not to see 3D movies. Yes it can affect depth perception and put us Amblyopers at a competitive sports disadvantage. Yes people do at a certain distance look at you and say you talking to me? This is how u deal with it people...you come up with ways to make others..the 2 sighters as I call them feel like they have the problem. Okay 3D movies...opt out n tell your friends that want to see 3D should understand that 3d is just a bunch of Hollywood crap to sell more tickets and most good directors n producers don't need 3d to get an audience. Tell them u like meat on the bone in your scripts and not sophomoric carnival ride clownish movies...and then look them in the eye or eyes whatever your comfortable with and tell them the 3 D world is what we live in everyday. Sports..ok stay the hell away from ping pong, but who really gets positive attention bragging about ping pong accolades...none. Play sports on large fields where you have time to use your brain more and be ready to react based on what you learn with practice rather than perception. Now about those pesky idiots who say you talking to me? My favorite...they know you are talking to them but they are so unsure of themselves that they are fearful to answer you because they might look dumb...well the solution is to look them dead in the face..raise up your stature and say exactly this with an assertive tone. Yes who else would I be talking to? They will look bewildered...so fun...or u can talk to them from the left or right side depending on where your good eyes sits...oh and for more fun..with the same person..look over there right shoulder n talk to them ..do this for an entire conversation...trust me they won't ask u if u are talking to them ever again no matter where u look. Anyway stop whining and start seeing that this slight issue is nothing compared to what's out there. My greatest fear is that I lose vision in my good eye...that's what u should worry about. Protect that good eye and try and live with yourself as best you can. Oh one last thing if u get headaches or eyes train then get an eyepatch...for your bad eye..let the good one guide you. I carry one at all times in my pocket..it is black and large..it attracts tons of attention and in large crowds I feel like Moses as they shuffle left n right to get outta my way and when you accidentally shoulder check someone..which will happen n they get pissed then when they see your patch they just nod n walk away. I love my patch...it's awesome..when strangers ask what happened I always tell them I have a terribly contagious eye infection and my doctor said I need to wear th patch to hopefully stop any airborne transmission...ha at that point they have run away. I hope my words of wisdom helped.


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Anyone try this?
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57580916/tetri...

Don't know how effective it might be, but sounds like it might be worth a try.


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Hi ZAC,

Do you still check this forum ?

I would be delighted in having your feedback. I am now 30.

At age 8 I went up to 20/25, since I went back down to 20/200. I am starting vision therapy since I had injury to my good eye. Vision is still 20/15 but I have traumatic Mydriasis and Cataract.

I would like to share experiences with you about the therapy.

Regards,
John

PS: anyone with vision therapy, I would be interested in sharing exchanging with you.


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I'm a 25 year old female and i'm so glad I found this website through Google search! I am very sorry to hear about all the bad experiences that a lot of you went through and I can garantee you that I've been though a lot myself
so I know EXACTLY how you guys feel.
I am legally blind since birth and I also have a lazy eye, on my right one and all I can say is that it sucks big time! If ya'll think you got it bad, check this out:
I was diagnosed with microcornea from the day I was born which means both my corneas are much smaller than the normal size and my eyes are really messed up., the left eye is small, it keeps looking towards my nose and it barely moves! My right one looks outwards and it has a weird colour due to my eye condition, conclusion. I need to wear a corrective contact lense on my right eye and a damn artificial eye on my left one. It doesn't look normal because the prosthetic eye doesn't move much and the contact lense is not exactly the same colour when you look real close.I hate mirrors because they never lie, hate photos, hate going out and my worse nightmare is to look people in the eye, which I never do. I got to the point where I don't even look straight ahead when walking in the street and most of the time i'm looking down because my disability is so noticeable. I totally hate my life and there is not a single day that i don't come across the thoughts of killing myself. I've been to many doctors and all they say is that there's nothing they can do and they won't risk a surgery as I only got one eye working. This is really frustrating! I've been made fun of a lot in school and even by random people, my childhood was a living hell and my adulthood remains the same. I have no social life, no friends, never had a boyfriend and am living like a vegetable! some people say that i'm cute and all that but I know they're just saying that cause they feel sorry for me. I absolutely hate when someone stares at me in public and I am an extremely shy person with no defined personality. I fear to meet new people and I avoid all types of social situations. I've been to countless psychotherapist throughtout the years and they didn't help me at all! I'm originally from Latin America and residing in London for over 5 years. I've suffered the worse kind of discrimination while growing up and now my mind is all messes up.
But what I hate the most is when people treat me less than others due to my disability, as if I had some mental illness as well, that's horrible!
I really would like to meet new friends as I feel very lonely all the time, I can't live like this forever!! Depression and anxiety are part of my daily life, I have no self esteem or self confidence whatsoever and suicide thoughts are very heavy on my mind. I was raised Christian but I don't even believe in God anymore.
My email is: leenycusack@hotmail.com
Thanks so much for reading!


A girls lazy eye



I'm 22 I have had a lazy eye in my left since childhood, throughout years of trying to get on with it, it's become impossible!
I can't live a day normally, my confidence and self-esteem doesn't exist anymore, and has affected my life in every aspect and has
made life a living hell!

I can't look people in the eyes, ever, not even my family, or my friends. I had a long term boyfriend and I had not once ever looked
him in the eyes, and this absolutely destroyed me, we parted because of this. I attempted suicide last year because I could not cope with this problem. I've recently started cutting again and I don't want it to get increasingly worse as it did before. I self-harmed for years
because I was getting terribly depressed about it. I'm just so disgustingly ashamed about my lazy eye.
I can't keep living every day, people think I'm so rude for not looking at
them when talking, so I refain from speaking to anyone at all if I can help it. I have to wear dark eye makeup every day to try and disguise it. I constantly have my eyes half closed. I can't do
the things in life that I want, and missed out on so many opportunities because of my confidence. I left education. I can't imagine a future. I want to be able to live a normal life for the first time!


If anyone knows of any treatment PLEASE contact me! I don't care about the cost or if it means losing sight in my eye, I just want them to be straight. To be able to look at someone in the eyes would be a dream come true.
daneko91@hotmail.com


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Hello
I know exactly how you all feel. I'm 27 years old and have amblyopia in my right eye. Ive been like that since i was a baby and it has started bothering me more so recently, i physically carnt look anyone in the eye, i know i care too much about what other people think but its hard not too tbf. I havent let it dominate my life tho, i have a wonderful fiance and we are trying for a baby :) i found it boosts my self confidence to wear eyeliner, ironic isnt it?? That u would define the thing u most wabt people to not notice but it makes me feel better. I also notice that it gets worse if im hungover or tired. Deep down i hate it, never being able to stare at a camera :( dreading my wedding photos. I do get depressed a lot even tho i have a happy relationship and dreams for the future, i feel sick when im put into a situation where people want to look me in the eyes, all my family have perfect vision, why me?? All my sisters have beautiful eyes and it hurts like hell but i guess it shaped the person i am, i figure that i appreciate things more because i have a flaw i dunno but if anyone wants to talk about it just mail me dollymix24@gmail.com xx


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In addition to my previous post a few minutes ago I am sorry about whining about my problems because I know there are millions of folks young and old that are in lots worse condition with lots worse problems than me and in some places have to literally stand in line for years fo help if in fact they ever do. And I sincerely hope and pray for thier wellness. Thank you AFB for providing your help and this website :)Bob near Raleigh,NC


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My story is much like all the above. Had surgery when I was 8,left eye was looking at my nose they corrected it but have been practically blind in that eye since then am now 70 and over the years it became a lazy eye always in the left corner when looking straight. Went to a well known eye surgeon in Raleigh,NC 20 years ago and after putting me under anesthesia for surgery to try to correct it found that due to scar tissue could not fix it. Well I am thankful that the doc used his better judgement and left it alone rather than do anything that could make things worse.
One might wonder why I even worry about it after all these years of dealing with it.
ell I am in pretty good health and God willing I might live a few more years and cant understand why with all the new high tech medicine they cant make my eye straight. Same with my back, had lumbar laminectomy in 1997 and it stopped the pain but it returned after 2 years and I lived with it until 2011 went to a specialist and was told after MRI's and xrays that due to scar tissue he could'nt help me! If they can cut most anything else out of my body why not scar tissue?? It seems that there should be a surgeon that specializes in SCAR TISSUE REMOVAL! (not trying to be funny) But I am going to see at least 2 or 3 more surgeons about my lazy eye and my aching back and get thier opinions.
I wish all of you the best! Thanks for reading!
Old man with lazy eye and aching back...


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I am 17 years old and have lived with a lazy eye since I was born, both eyes drift alternatively outwards. Throughout school, especially secondary school I have always been bullied for it. It affects my reading as I can only read with one eye, I cannot see 3d films, and trying to focus on keeping y eyes straight gives me awful migraines. It makes me very self conscious and I feel like because of it I will never feel attractive. I was wondering whether anyone could give me some help though, I am about to take my driving test and I am constantly unaware of my road position, how do others get around this problem? any help would be very much appreciated :)


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I was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was 11 years old and as a result the tumor was resting on my right eye and I lost my sight there. What makes it so bad is that i told my mother that my eyesight at that time was fuzzy like the black and white on a tv and she told me it was my imagination, well she was wrong! The next few days or weeks(this was in the 80s so i not sure) we all were looking into each others eyes with a flashlight and when my mom looked into mine(she is a RN) she saw that my pupil was not dialating like my left eye was and she scheduled me an appointment to go get it checked out and that is when we found out, but by then it was too late I had lost my vision in that eye. My life has been one torment from another people have made certain comments but thats not the issue, the issue is i cant make eye contact with people and i look down and around to avoid making eye contact and guys will say why wont you look at me? its frustrating because I want to scream why do you think? Also because my eye i looking the other way i didnt get to live my life how I wanted. i like to sing, act, write songs but there is no place for a person like me in the music business, so I am forced to go to work unfufilled because i know it is not what i truly want. I understand what everyone is saying and it is rough to have a eye(s) that wont cooperate, but i know that i will have surgery on it because i have been praying for it to happen and be successful, so when I start working i am going to save some money and hopefully find a eye center that can help me.


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I am 19 and I have a lazy left eye. I have no self confidence in group situations and I find it hard to socialise like normal people. I am going to make a doctors apt tomorrow and see what he says, I did have a patch when I was little but my parents never wanted to me have surgery. I don't ever talk to anyone about it as its embaressing. I am trying to accept myself for who I am and deal with this is how I will be forever, but its so hard as its all people seem to look at especially people you dont know.

It makes my life so much harder in every way possible, I am trying to keep strong.

I know how you all feel, also I am not blind in my lazy eye I can see ok out of it? And I am having driving lessons at the moment, I dont get what you all mean about it stopping you from driving?

Everybody keep positive, I dont know why god blessed us with this disability but dont let it get you down. Keep going and living your life to the full, be yourself and people will judge you for who you are and see past the lazy eye

Love to you all!!!!!!


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I know how each one of you feel I too have a lazy eye. But please everyone don't let it rule you, be yourself don't let something that is not your fault hold you back. People will understand your situation, and the ones that don't ..the he'll with them!! Please have confidence in yourself I know its hard but once you do it you will feel better about yourself and others around you will too!! God bless you all


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I am johnathan, i have a lazy, it always boughterd me till this day i hardy look people staight in the eye, i drink smoke, and other bad things, i haven't even ttalked to my family why i have this promblem, iam 21 i have no job cause i feel like if i go to tge interview they will look at me like iam stupit, but my familys good and my friends support me if i had tge money i would do an operation if their is one. But a guy with no money no job how am i supose to do it. And if i would find a way to get the operation i would do wat evers, its crazy to find other people with the samw problem it make me feel beter knowing iam not alone. I need to get my self together cause iam all apart at this time do yea have any ideas wat i can do. I would aprishiat it


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Hello,
My name is Carla and I am a Quantum Biofeedback practitioner. You can find out about myself, Quantum Biofeedback and my services at www.aestheticsandhealth.com
A&H is looking for a parent with a child who has a lazy eye or crossed eye(s) to give free Quantum Biofeedback treatments to, with the intention of improving the impairment, in exchange for an honest testamonial. Child and parent should be able to come in person to our downtown office in Vancouver BC, Canada 2x week for a series of weeks. Please contact me at info@aestheticsandhealth.com for more information. Other visual or eye problems will also be considered.
It is also possible for us at Aesthetics and Health to give Quantum Biofeedback treatments long distance to anyone, which may be of interest to some of you. Unfortunately the free sessions will only be offered to a person living in the Vancouver BC, Canada area.
Best to all of you.
Sincerely,
Carla Vanderhorst
www.aestheticsandhealth.com


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I also have had a lazy eye since birth. I am now 50 and it hurts my eyes to read EVERYTHING. I cannot explain enough to everyone how much it hurts to look around or to follow motion with my eyes and the 'pulling' feeling I get in them. The daily headaches, swollen eyes in the morning, the pain of focusing in something that everyone else 'got' a few seconds ago. It is too
awkward to work (paying job) but Social Security Disability won't recognize it as a valid reason for benefits. My head feels like a roller coaster inside when I walk into a busy store.
I agree so much that you are always on edge about other people's reactions to your awkwardness in public, it is terrible enough to have the problems without the low self-esteem....
I used to tell people, "I'm not stupid, I just can't see" People
are always going to react strangely to anything they don't understand, so don't beat yourself up over it. I am seeking
visual therapy....it is expensive...but I don't have the funds to
afford it as I cannot work so for now I am stuck. It is comforting to find others in the same predicament..I am hoping that in the near future, insurance companies will see that this type of treatment is so very needed and provide coverage for people like us to be able to see well again.
Keep your chin up, medical research changes all the time.....


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pretty much we all feel the same way, and it hurts me to read all of these but at the same time it's nice not to feel so alone. it's the only thing i honestly have to say i dislike well hate about myself image. it's scary to meet new people not because im shy but because i have a fear of being laughed at and people making me feel weird when i already feel horrible about it to begin with, and being reminded by it every second makes me feel worse. i got to stores and get nervous and if someone just gives me a strange look i automatically know why and assume why. and the famous line people love to use "are you looking at me, or are you talking to me" it hurts i know and there's no worse feeling in the world then to have someone be rude and ignorant about it. i've cried so many times over it but the older i get i realize i can't keep putting myself down over it because it will make me go crazy you can't change it so except who you are, which i know it's really hard because i don't know how many times i go to the mirror with being upset about it, but all you please try and understand you are all beautiful and just because we have this one flaw we shouldn't let it control our life and our way of living in being scared of going out because of what other people think about it. im getting a lot better with going out and not caring and letting it bring me down just walk around and be confident in who you are and walk around normal because you are normal one flaw shouldn't make us feel like we can't live life. so please please please realizes each and everyone of you are wonderful no ifs and or buts (:




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Hello, I'm thirteen years old nearly fourteen and I've had a squint in my left eye ever since I was a baby, I'm also blind in that eye too. I've had numerous operations in that eye but it always seems to drift out or go in again, it depresses me so much because I've tried everything! It makes me so self concious and ugly I just feel like breaking down. I've had people say things to me about it too but I don't show my emotions to people but when I'm alone I always break down. I HATE meeting new people because I'm scared of what they may think, I can't look at people because I'm afraid they'll notice which most of the time they do, I've even had people say "are you looking at me?" when I was actually looking at them. All my friends talk to boys and I'm just there like o.o! I feel like I'll never be wanted because of it?! It effects me so bad, I mean, I don't think I'm ugly and I'm happy with my body it's just my eye that puts me down so much! I know how you all feel, it's horrible :'(


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My lazy eye us in my right eye and it's always looking outward, I can't look up or too the left my eye just goes down when I try. I am now 20 happily married with 3 beautiful kids. Growing up I had a really hard time adjusting ppl saying oh she's pretty but her eye is messed up, ppl laughing etc. It still bothers mea little but I came to realize the ppl who judge don't really matter anyway. I'm very happy and I live a normal life, ppl may still stare but I learned to b comfortable in my own skin and eyes lol, hey we have it weight as well live with it. It could be worse like cancer or aids etc. God made us this way for a reason so embrace it and be Happy. The only downside is my vision isgetting blurry and headaches keep occurring but the physical part is just a mind thing. I hope u guys feel better about our disorder and if it's hard for u to accept it just pray to god to help u, with him anything is possible.


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hi i'm mary i have an lazy eye i'm 34 i was born with it and yes it's hard to talk to someone often when someone talk to me i look down or away i know people are talking but i look over it i don't let it take over my life even tho i don't see as well as other's i still see the way i look at is god made all of us this way for a reason


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My name is Yoga. 24 years old. I live in indonesia. When i was 5 years old, i had realized that my left eye was so blurry. Yet i didnt talk to my parents. And suddenly, when im 9 years old, i had catarract on my left eye. I had the laser surgery, and the catarract was gone. But still, the vision was so blurry as the same as before. Until i met this doctor, at 11 years old, she told me to trained my left eye by closing the right eye using some patch. But at that age, im too ashamed, and too lazzy to do that. So until now, i still have this lazy eye. Im 24 now, and im studying medical. I realize that i cant take some specialist. And thats really makes me dissapointed. And sometimes when i talk to ppl, they ask me : "whom you are talking to?". Well im pretty confident to tell them i have this weakness. And somehow they understand. And when i take a photo, my eyes are not focused on the camera. So all photo are bad. It looks like i see other side.. But well, God created me this way, so im not regretting it. For those who still can practice at home, im cheering you to practice a lot. May some miracles happen for you. Its already to late for me to practice, i have no time already. And if someone have some alternative to cure this disease, pls email me. Thx and God bless.


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If anyone has scrolled down this far:

When I was younger a little boy on the playground was flinging a stick in the air and hit me in the eye. (damn parents should learn to control their kids!!) that's neither here nor there.

Anyway, I didn't realize anything was wrong, because with both eyes open I seem to see fine.

But as I got older and wanted to take the driving test at 18 I couldn't pass the eye exam without glasses or contacts. So I got ONE contact for my bad eye. I didnt like the contacts though and eventually got glasses. (in 2008) that was also the year I realized I had a lazy eye. It devoted suddenly. I started to look at my pictures and my face looked off. I pinpointed it finally my left eye wanders off. So annoying.

It gets worse as I get older and my vision worsens slightly. The only thing that corrects the wandering is my glasses. I guess because when I can see better the eye muscles are stronger and when everything is blurry it drifts to the side since it isn't necessary.

But I don't like wearing my glasses or how my eye wanders and people actually notice now. When I take pictures I obsess over my eyes and when I used to be a cashier I'd purposely avoid eye contact with the customers! Or look at them for fleeting seconds at a time. It's hard.


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my name is megan. i am 40 years old. i have an inherited condition where the vision center of my brain can only process information from one eye at a time. my eyes both work but i never use them both at the same time and they have never worked together. i have never had depth perception and don't drive. my twin sister, father, and grandfather all have this condition. my sister and i both had crossed eyes and had surgery at age 4. our eyes never tracked perfectly but we looked fairly normal. however in the last couple years we have both gotten quite a bit worse. my left eye is my bad eye and i do not use it much. it's wall-eyed now. i did not used to feel self conscious about it because it appeared fairly normal but now i am self conscious since it is worse. my eye doctor has recommended surgery again but i've been a bit hesitant to do it. it would not cause my eyes to work any better, it would just give me a more normal appearance.


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Hello I am 53 of age and found out when I was 14 of age when I went for the first time to have my eyes checked thats when we found out that my right eye was a lazy eye, which at that time it didnt mean much to me . The weakness in that eye I was us to it already..But I was told I needed to wear glasses and a patch well as a teen the glasses was a no no and well the patch just hung their on the bed post my parents didnt force it and they did nothing more about it. So I am left with a lazy eye the rest of my life.. I had my eyes rechecked when I was 4o of age yes glasses again which I do not wear again only wear glasses for reading which I get at the dollar store but I have noticed they get stronger over the years.. I drive a feel I see okay to drive its just reading when I close the lazy eye I see okay but when I close my good eye everthing is blurred so I can tell one eye is stronger then the other and I have lived this way for so long it doesnt bother me I am use to it ..If I knew of show how to correct the weak eye I would try to ..Maybe thats why I feel off balance at times or I feel like I am in a fog alot because of my vision....who knows TO look at me you cant tell the eye appear to look the same one side of my brain works better then the other thats why one eye is weaker so what do you do about that lol......


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Hey im 19 years old and i have never been told that i have lazy eye. My symptoms are very much a like. At the age of three my dady notice me trying to play with a toy and watch tv. After that i was taken to 4 specialist and been wearing glasses ever since. im blind in my right eye. i am an very active person. i love to take pictures and play basketball. it has been really hard living with this. when i started to read it was so hard having to stay on the same line. After being laughed at 1 and 2nd grade i became a loner. Then only person i can look at in the eyes is my dad! Now that im older its really hard to do my hair or try to put on make up. i have never been to a party or club because of people lookin at me.


lazy eye turned into crossed eye. HELP!



Hello, my name is Amanda Elliott. I am a single mother of three kids. I was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. I am completely blind in my left eye. From an infant until I was 13 years old my left eye appeared as a lazy eye. I was about to start middle school and wanted to get it fixed. I had cosmetic surgery on it resulting in a cross eye that has stayed that way. It effects me in the biggest way EVERY single day of my life. I was made fun of since childhood and people still say things to me to this day. I cannot look anyone in the eyes and am always trying to position myself when I DO have to talk to someone to where they MIGHT not notice but it's very obvious. It is something that I cannot learn to live with. It has torn me down to where I have been extremely depressed. I avoid all social events. It has taken a lot to post this even. I am so glad there are other people that can relate to my problem. I hope that maybe I can make some new friends here and possibly help each other cope with our problem. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post.


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I have not read all of the posts but i see some that state an adult lazy eye cannot be corrected--i had mine corrected at age 25-mostly for the cosmetic advantage-now at 40 my vision is 20/13-that has never happened-and I am thrilled-Read the book FIXING MY GAZE it is an amazing book-I am sorry the authors name escapes me-but any adult who has grown up with the affliction will think it was their story--and it is amazingly hopeful


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When i was about 10 years old i had to use night braces, it had a rubberband mechanism and sharp pieces + my clumsiness all put together ended up in me loosing my eye sight. Before that every1 said i was a very cute kid and was going to be a very handsome man, and my confidence was sky high. About 5 years after the accident, i started feeling very depressed with my eye problem and im not sure if this had anything do with my eye but i also developed a case of social anxiety. The only way i could get rid of the social anxiety and my depression was that i just started to talk to people more and was just overall more friendly and i noticed people dont really care if ur eye is nessed up as long as they like ur company. I think i got a little carried away with this but atleast i got it off my chest :D


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No new posts??? Hmm Not sure what to think about that, but good and bad news. Turns out there is something wrong...its called Smiths syndrome..well apparently a balled up tendon is the cause and I go in for surgery again...this is number three total surgies I know of... but Im so happy that I will soon be able to look people in the eyes again and maybe go back to being myself... Ive always hade eye contact trouble, but Im motivated to fix the issue.. So Just wanted to say that I found help, and Im so very fortunate that I can have my issue corrected..maybe only one surgery..maybe two or three!!!! Thanks for this site AFB...Im glad it was there for me. :) Jen


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Ive had lazy eye as long as I can remember... I had surgery in 2002 to correct theone eye that wanders. Its not really obvious if my conversations are brief and because it has always ben an anxiety producing topic, i dont talk about it, and avoid talking. Its become a problem just recently, that i noticed people can maybe tell. Its wierd cuz if people smile at me, it feels like they pity me, or r humering me. I dont want to ask my closest friend, cuz what if she hasnt noticed it? My new fiance, has never said anything about it, so I dont know what to do. I had made an appt to see the doc who did my one surgery to see if it canbe fixed again...so im in constatnt anxious state. I have no real friends, and the ones I do have are not close, just my fiance, and his sister, but talking to them scares me to death.. My eyes are tired all the time and it makes things alot worse I think. My email is warrenjle@gmail.com. Id love to have some people to talk to, so send me some mail.


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I'm a 25y.o female with lazy eyes - it swaps from one to the other! I was born with this and had an operation at 18mths old and wore glasses for years which cured it. BUT THEN IT CAME BACK!! In my late teens it returned and has just worsened over the years. It really knocks my self esteem and I work in an idustry communicating with people all day long. I feel embarrassed to look at people in the eye so try and avoid it...which makes me feel like I am being rude...and also meeting new people in social situations with friends - I always tend to look across them or down and feel like they're wondering what the hell I'm doing! Until now I thought it was too late to treat but I have seen a surgeon who is going to operate on them in 3wks time!! I cannot wait until it is all over and hopefully see a major improvement in my misaligned eyes and general eyesite.
People can be cruel and can be quick to judge you by imperfections. It is easier said than done not to let it bother you! Lazy eyes can really lower your self esteem and there is something that can be done about it AT ANY AGE!!!! If you're thinking about the surgery then DO IT! Don't let misaligned eyes determine who you are and what you can achieve


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I have had a lazy eye since I was 6. I was born with a tumor on my face that swelled my left eye and the doctors were scared that I was not using it, so the patching began! Unfortuantely that patching was over done and instead of strengthing my left eye made my right eye lazy and disconnect with my brain almost completely. I always experienced those situation were people would turn around when I was talking to them to see what I was looking at, and was made fun of often in school. When I turned 18 I had muscle surgery on my right eye to correct the wandering and make it follow my left eye. It was like a whole new life and confidence had began for me. The only thing is these surgeries are not permanent and now I am almost 25 and my eye is once again lazy and I am staring at my nose on a constant basis.
Surgery is a great option if it is affordable to you in your own situation. Yet it is also hard because once you have achieved what you have always wanted with your eyes and you loose that, it is almost worse than never having it perfected in the first place. I am now at this point considering a second surgery and have been told that they will become less and less effective as I age.
Hopefully with all the advances in medicine there will be a day that a permanent fix can be possible. I feel you all on this subject, and it is comforting to know that we are not alone.


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And I have to work to get my eyes seeing in 3D, unless things are really close, which in that case your eyes cross anyways to see 3D, which is why it isn't hard.


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Oh, forgot to mention more about my progress. I've been able to see 3D for things up close. I'm starting many exercises to help see 3D at further distances.


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Hey everybody! Been slacking a little :). But I've been able to see 3-D now! yeah, not a big deal lol. Well, my progress has been much slower than expected but it's all good. I have one thing to say to everybody though, the more you place your attention on the things you don't like, the more the things you don't like are attracted to you. Focus on loving yourself and everyone else and being grateful! The end goal is to be happy right? Well, I remember how I used to feel when I first started writing on these forums. I feel much better now, now that I understand that there is no point in causing pain to yourself over something like this. I used to see double all the time, and it was really annoying, but the more i just thought to myself how grateful I am for the vision I have, the more it went away. I hope I'm not throwing anyone off, but to make things better, all you have to do, is truthfully believe that things are! It's really hard to get your head around, but believing is everything. For example, my eye doctor said it would take me about a year to fix my eyes. After reading things about how hard it is and there is no hope, I said to my self "yeah right, it will probably take twice as long!". Well, I was right. It is taking twice as long! Anyways, I recommend the movie "The Secret" to you all. Also, again, don't mean to throw you off, but "Treboryitne" on youtube... has changed my life and I'm happy now! So... you will probably just laugh at what you see but I hope you watch his videos with an open mind. Sorry for the length. B HAPPY! :)


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i came across this website and it was amazing to read all your stories. I'm 18 and was born with no vision in my right eye. Through various operations doctors thankfully managed to get vision in my eye, but the downside is a lazy eye. I dont have it all the time, only when tired really. It affects me quite a bit in that my self confidence is lacking. i sometimes feel uncomfortable looking at people in the eye, i usually hate having pictures taken and just worked out earlier this year that 3d films aren't worth the money which kind of sucks. I'm quite a shy person anyway and being so self conscious about my eyes doesn't help this. Starting uni last year made me really get over my fears of meeting new people and made me realise that although some days it may make me feel crappy it's not the end of the world and i should be thankful that i am blessed with sight. For anyone reading this i would first say there are loads of people out there the same as you. and yes sometimes it isnt easy. And somedays you may wish you were different, but then again doesn't everyone. Think of all the people suffering much more than us, and some with much more serious disabilities. Don't let it get you down, smile, hold your head high and look people in the eye. show them it doesnt bother you, and believe that you are beautiful, because you are.


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OMG I was just poking around the websites inquiring about new advances on lazy eye treatment and you sound just like me. I had a bad (weak) left eye in grade school and patched it for a short time which didnt work and just wore strong glasses until
high school when I wore nothing at all. Now I'm 49 and have just
had sooooooo many troubles the last 2 years. like you, I have far vision and not good near, but I got by without glasses. Now that the age thing set in, I cannot focus in on things quickly, glasses are distorted, one contact in left eye didnt really help much either (I could see face details on people a little better) but the near vision still sucked. The best thing I can live with is reading glasses that I pop on and off and are
sooo awkward, and cannot get a job so visually compromised.
I know just how you feel.....have yet (after trying 5 or 6 different optometrists and opthalmologists) to find one to be
able to help me (they just want the insurance money, and bye bye to me.) Can Email back if you want.... if you find a solution, sorry to hear you're having same troubles.


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Wow, I was crying just a few moments ago reading some of the stories and I can relate to some of you and I feel like I'm not the only one. I'm an 18 year old that has suffered with amblyopia since I was born. The sad thing is that when they took me to the doctor they told my mom that if they waited until I was 10 or 12 they could do a surgery on me that would somehow correct the "lazy-ness" of my right eye. So there I was a child who got made fun of, but always put a strong face so as to not let anyone know how much she suffered. I had the little hope of chance in my pocket waiting for the year I turned 12 so they could do the surgery and I could have vision. When that year came,it was a new doctor who told me that it was too late, that I wouldn't be able to see anymore. I was devastated, but I moved on. Like a few of the above posts said, it was hard to look people in the eye. And I always did get the, "Are you looking at me?" Somehow, and somewhere in between I decided to not feel sorry for myself anymore and to try and live a good life, because I have parents who love me and don't treat me any different than my siblings. It's really hard, I still struggle, but I'm trying to move forward. I must admit that I don't like taking pictures, and that I can't look at my boyfriend straight in the eyes. But I amtrying so hard to work at it and research and wait until someone find a cure or treatment for this. Overall I have come to terms that I will not gain the vision in my right eye, I just hope there's something out there that can fix the "lazyness" of the eye so that I can appear like I'm looking where my good eye sees. But for now I will move forward. And to everyone who is around my age try to do the same, I know it may be hard when your esteem might not be so high, but try. Don't waste your young years in what you can't do. At least, I don't want to be that sulking Sally. Don;t get me wrong I do have my days where I reflect, but I try hard for it not empower me.

Wow thanks to this message board for letting all of us post our experiences and let everyone know we're not alone.


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Hi everyone, im feeling really sad and depressed right now, im a 17 year old girl and have had my lazy eye (right eye) since i was in primary school. I used to get bullied for it because everytime i looked at someone they'd say are you talking to me? that hurt my feelings alot! i have no confidence what so ever! i hardly have any friends, last year i had 2 operations to correct my lazy eye but im still not satisfied, i agree it is alot better than what it was but i can still see it there when i look into the mirror, everytime i see it i feel the pain inside. i dont know if anyone else feels that way but i wish i was born with normal eyes :/


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hey all nice to see u all here
i have lazy eye since childhiid, i noticed that i have difficulty reading (with my normal eye)and my study is becoming worse and so slow, i would like to know does anybody here has the same thing , and does lazy affect reading with the normal eye ??


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Hi my name is Daniel and I'm 18. I had a lazy eye since the day I was born, and I gotten like 2 surgeries when I was young. That didn't help. Also I was suppose to patch my good eye when I was young but I would always tear the patch off, and now I really, really regret doing that. I gotten 2 more surgeries in like the past 2 years, and in a way it made my eye worse. Sometimes if I wear my contacts for too long, my right eye starts to drift upwards and out. It sucks, my doctor told me to wear an eye patch for at least 3 hours a day and I've been doing that for like a month already so I still haven't seen any results. I really hope that fixes my eye, I pray that it fixes my eye. Some times I cry before I go to bed because I wish I wasn't going through this, it's hard for a person my age to go through this because some people don't care about other's feeling and will say anything to hurt one's feelings. I'm too embarrassed to go out because of my eye and sometimes I can't look people dead on and they sometimes question that. I missed so many opportunites in my life so far because of this.I didn't go to my senior homecomming game or prom. I can't even take pics with friends because I know my lazy eye will be real noticable in them. I can't even watch 3D movies. I want to be able to look at people right into their eyes and smile and have a regular conversation and not worry about anything. Only God can take cae of the rest. If anyone knows any way to help my eye by vision therapy or muscle exercises plz message me at d_rivera10@yahoo.com


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I am 55 years old with lazy eye. I had patching and eye exercises at a clinic around age 6, but lost a lot of vision anyway. My eye "hurts" often, when tired. Yes, alcohol definitely makes my eye wander out more. I have a prism in my glasses (just on the side of the lazy eye) and it helps to 'hold' my eye centered.
Question: can laser vision correction bring back any of the lost sight?


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hi
im gelly,23 years of age,when i was four years old i started having headaches and vomit at the same time.at age of 15 i wore an eye glasses hoping to cure my astigmatism.but maybe ay ear later i had noticed my left eye was blurred.I ignore it because i tot it was just a normal eye problem that can be corrected by eye glasses.Now i am 23 years old i undergo many test for my eyes but the doctors could not see any defect in my left eye.they asked me to undergo ct Scan.i had a lot of confusions because it was never clear to me when this blurring of my left eye started.Does lazy eye develops at age of 16?


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hi
im gelly,23 years of age,when i was four years old i started having headaches and vomit at the same time.at age of 15 i wore an eye glasses hoping to cure my astigmatism.but maybe ay ear later i had noticed my left eye was blurred.I ignore it because i tot it was just a normal eye problem that can be corrected by eye glasses.Now i am 23 years old i undergo many test for my eyes but the doctors could not see any defect in my left eye.they asked me to undergo ct Scan.i had a lot of confusions because it was never clear to me when this blurring of my left eye started.Does lazy eye develops at age of 16?


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UPDATE: For those who are following, I have been doing about 30 min of exercises about everyday trying to get my eyes to work at the same time. So far I have been pretty successful. When looking at a sheet with letters covered by both red and green lenses, I can see all of the letters while wearing glasses with one eye having a green lens and the other with a red. I am currently still working on making this better, although, I have found some things out today that aren't too motivational but I will keep on working regardless. My left eye is not only looking slightly up and slightly towards my nose, my eye is also slightly ROTATED! Yes, I noticed while looking at a chart of parallel lines (noticed long ago but finally came around to asking about it) which my hand between my eyes in a karate chop form to force me to use my left eye for the left side of what I am seeing and my right for the right, that the lines which should be parallel, are slanted and look they come together at the top like a pyramid. It is very slight though.
And, my brain has made it's own system of seeing which I am trying to change, which make things a bit harder. So if you are following along, don't get down about my success, I have a very confusing case of amblyopia/strabismus. Anyways, Ill keep everyone up to date on how my progress is going,


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There may be more hope for adult amblyopia patients who qualify to improve their vision. This program is available through Optometrists and Ophthalmolgists in the US and around the world.

The RevitalVision Amblyopia program is the only existing treatment for amblyopia approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is approved for individuals over the age of 9 with best corrected vision of 20/100 or better who have minor strabismus of 8 prism diopters or less.

The RevitalVision program involves no surgery or drugs and is individualized to every patients visual ability. The patient takes the program on their home computer using applied perceptual learning techniques which improve neural performance. During neural training sessions, a series of visual tasks and repetitive images train the brain and improve visual processing. RevitalVision analyzes performance and continuously adjusts the individually customized training sessions to improve patient vision.

Amblyopic patients, on average, improved their vision by more than two lines on an eye chart and increased their contrast sensitivity by more than 100% after completing the program. The program is 40 training sessions of 40 minutes each, on average. Once the training sessions are completed, since the program involves neural training, its effects are long lasting.

RevitalVision scientific research can be found on the website at www.revitalvision.com.


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Just so people know, this is the doctor I am currently seeing http://www.optometrists.org/ontariovt/
There are sites to help find Vision Therapy Clinics in your area


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Hey Zac,
Please email me at rojcohen@aol.com I would like to speak with your doctors and the university and perhaps follow in your footsteps. :)


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Hello Zac,

Please contact me at wolfbeta@hotmail.com

Thanks.


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Oh, and just to give an idea to people of what I've been doing now. I got to put on these glasses that forced my brain to use both my eyes (prison glasses) and a bunch of other things. But right now I have to stare into a special green light for ten minutes and stare into a special red light for ten minutes each day. Seems weird but apparently it helps, and I can see how it does but would take a while to explain.


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By the way, to everyone who has read my posts, Vision Therapy is VERY expensive. My Dad's girlfriend luckily works at a University which covers most of the cost, but other than that, I'm going to be doing 1 hour sessions twice a week for a month which cost $100 dollars each session if you don't have any insurance to cover eye care costs.


Everyday when I wake up and before I sleep I feel the pain



Hello ,

My memories of growing up with a lazy eye was not bad as a kid. Untill latey at the age of 21, Its like the roof collapse on me. My bad eye feels like its getting worser and Im scared to think about the future. Everyday activities has become very difficult. I cant focus or read with ease and I know its the eye. Life is a bitch and I feel for all of you. Thanks for reading and best of luck for all
as we`ll need it most.


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I've had a lazy eye since day one and have been living with amlyopia for over 40 years now. I guess its 'mid-life' crisis time and I'm sick of how I look. I won't complain too much though because I've have a good life, family, husband, career, etc. but it still bugs me sometimes. Especially since it has gotten worse as I've gotten older to the point where it (my right eye) is soooo far to right it sometimes feels like I've pulled the muscle in my eye and I get headaches.

But, I did not comment to complain, but to say that I've read many of your posts and feel sorry for some of you, frustrated with others, but mostly impressed and thankful for Zac's posts. Zac, I love your perspective and positive outlook. I know some of you cannot afford to see a specialist, but keep researching and trying new things or find a way to be a satisfied with who you are and who God made you to be.


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See a Vision Therapist. They are not Call of Duty or anything like that they are boring find the letter type games. I used a program call Amblyopia or something and to get my eyes to 20/20. But my left eye is still not even close to my right eye because the 20/20 measurement is just one of many of the functionality of the eye. And, now I'm not doing the video game stuff and am moving on to one on one vision therapy with a therapist to train my eyes to worktogether. I am also doing reading with a patch and doing things like filling in letters like e's, b's p's a's o's g's and d's in news papers with a pen with a patch on. I find this really makes my eye work hard.


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Zack... What video games are you playing? I hear that first person shooters are good, but I have also heard that there are special video games out there to play. Any advice you could give on what game you are playing would be greatly appreciated.


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WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING THAT THEY WILL BE LIKE THIS FOR EVER? First off there are always new inventions to help problems. Second off, I'm sure a lot of you on this message board can fix your lazy eye with the technology available today, it will just take a lot of Vision Therapy. I did have no hope until I started researching, which I do for just about everything, and then I found some vision therapy places. I have gone to a University for amblyopia in Waterloo Canada, a vision therapy doctor who specifically works with amlyopia patients and has cured many adults at ages like 40. And I am scheduled to go to another place in my hometown, Guelph. PLEASE DO THE SAME THING AS ME! Talk to as many people as possible and search for Vision Therapy clinics or even just eye doctors but they probably are not up to date with amblyopia and how it CAN be cured in most cases. I have been doing Vision Therapy (a videogame i play with a patch every day and patch for 4 hours a day) and have improved my vision dramatically! My lazy eye is now 20/20, was 20/200 or something. But the 20/20 measurement is just one of many. There are many muscles that need to be trained so I can control them properly. I am about to move on to the next phase of straightening my alignment and using my eyes together. My one vision therapist was absolutely sure that I could fix my eyes it would just take a LOT of work, which I'm sure a lot of you are up for like me. IT isn't fun, not going to lie, but I just listen to the radio (The Alex Jones Show) when I play my games and play videogames and work out and stuff when I am patching (by the way I still beat everyone online). I will keep updating everyone on how my progress is going, it will take a long time, but once I fix my eyes I will reach out to as many people as possible and give them hope, and probably bitch at my local eye doctor who told me there is really no point in doing anything, he thought that I wouldn't be able to improve the vision in my lazy eye at all yet it is now 20/20. Can't wait to get back to you all! Oh, and for those of you who have a very complicated condition and think that vision therapy really won't work, now that 3-D movies/TV is becoming so popular, I'm sure there will be a lot of people trying to find a cure for the amblyopia problem since there are a lot of people with it, weather it me minor or not, who will pay quit a bit to get it fixed.


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Hi kid05,

Read through the thread before you give up.
Check out my earlier posts.
You can send me a message at yahoo.co.uk


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Hi my name is kevin i have a lazy eye I am 17 years old i was born with a lazy eye. people talk about me a lot because of my eye i don't like to talk to people because that will look at my eye. i cant ever get a girlfriend because of the way i look. and i stuck looking like this 4 ever. Thanks for reading


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Hi Canadian48,

Are you worried about developing double vision?
If not why don't you try to train your eyes to work together?
Watch the Brock string video on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGlCVTdNqfw

Also check out Happyhag's videos (see my earlier post - 12th March)

What have you got to lose?


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I am a 48-yr old woman who has had crossed eyes since I was a child. It started to get worse when I was around 35 yrs old and started to wear glasses again after having worn contacts since I was 18. I have had a few consultations to see if it can be repaired. However, I was advised that there would be a 50/50 chance that I would develop double vision because my eyes uniquely both cross (one at a time while the other eyes focuses on the subject at hand). The doctor told me that it is unique because I can see out of both eyes now at the same time. For example, I can look at something that is on the left side using my right eye and vice versa, and can see what is going on with both eyes. I have never had any problems socially as I feel comfortable with myself and have learned to accept my limitations. I use the 'problem' to my advantage. I can see what others are doing when they think I am not looking. And anytime anyone else has made me feel uncomfortable or said anything, I turn the situation back on them by making them feel uncomfortable when they cannot figure out which eye is looking at them. I simply switch from eye to eye. And if someone says I didn't say hello to them, whether I wanted to say hello or not, I just tell them that I didn't see them because I was looking with the wrong eye. People can be cruel, for sure. My friends no longer notice that my eyes cross. I have no problems driving, with the exception of being overly cautious about approaching traffic. I have learned to deal with it with a sense of humour. I walk into things because my depth perception is poor. I didn't even realize I had a depth perception problem until I burned my bangs off with a bunsen burner in a university chemistry class! I was lucky to pass the vision test for my driver's license at age 16, but it was a close failure until I moved one eye slightly to see the object I was supposed to see! For everyone with this problem, please just ignore the ignorant people out there, and realize that it makes you unique!
!


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Hi Danny,
First let me state that I am not an expert in anything, just a fellow amblyope.

Are you blind in the lazy eye or in the other eye?

As I live in the UK I don't know about America, but I guess you could do worse than ask someone inside the ABF for advice?

What is the condition of your vision at the moment?

Geoff


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My name is Danny and I am 16. I was diagnosed with a lazy eye at 3 and never really noticed until I went completly blind in my right eye before I was nine. I was wondering can I get compinsation from the state for having a disability!?!


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Hello, everyone

My name is Geoff, I live in the UK and I am 60 years old.
My heart goes out to everyone who has posted here. I deeply empathise with all the frustration and pain that you have expressed - although of course I am
sure that we are all grateful that we can see (I guess everything is relative)

I've always had amblyopia in my left eye since I can remember.
On my first eye test (aged 5-ish) I was genuinely shocked to discover that I
couldn't read the top line of the chart with it - even with a "corrective" lens. LOL
because my brain suppresses the blurred image.
The right eye was slightly far-sighted but practically 20/20.
Of course over the years, with the onset of "old-age sight", which most
people get, I've needed to wear glasses - but that happens to people with
two good eyes also.
So we all need to take care not to strain the "better" eye. e.g when reading
or working at the PC take frequent breaks.
The Bates method I think is good in this respect (palming, relaxation, blinking etc) but you don't necessarily have to invest big bucks in a teacher
This lady (HappyHag) on YOUTUBE offers good free advice IMHO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i8L91_UxBI

Normally I am not aware of the image from the weak eye.
If I "think" about it I can straighten it and the vision in it improves slightly
but overall with the two eyes together, straining away, I see worse LOL.
Avoid strain at all costs.
Check out HappyHag's video on Binocularity or any of several Youtube vids
about the Brock String.
IMHO the String exercise is a good way of gaining a measure of mental control of your eye muscles. No, I don't have control - but it's better than it once was.
Yes, I've always had to endure the remarks and yes I notice my eye gets worse
if I'm tired or have a drink - but it's not my problem it's their's, so don't look
away! Do you really value the opinion of people like that? Do you really want to
be around them?

I realise that appearance matters to everyone, especially to young women.
But girls - whatever you look like blonde, brunette, bald, tall, short, thin, fat, pear-shaped, muscular - there is someone out there for you. I have two
sisters with lazy-eye, both are happily married.

The thing that gets me down sometimes, I must confess, is the 3D thing.
I can't get anything level e.g "straighten" pictures or plane wood. I can't play small ball games like tennis.

I've never driven because when I sit in the driver's seat I am conscious of the huge "blind spot" on my left side. When I'm being driven by someone else and
their car is going through a narrow gap I have had to learn to trust their
judgement because I have NO idea whether we are going to make it or not.
Interestingly, some of us seem to manage - I suppose it is the same for people
with binocular vision in that some of them drive buses and trucks while some
cannot, for whatever reason.

Anyway, I've rambled on for too long. Good luck and good health to you all.
If anyone wants to comment etc please feel free.









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Hello,
My name is Maria, Im 19 and I have had a cataract since I was 7 and at age 9 I realized I had a lazy eye. I never had treatment for it or my cataract. doctors diagnosed me with an infection but didnt help me out. Whenever my right eye moves I feel some pain, sometimes unbearable. Im not sure if its normal or not. If anyone can help me out that would be wonderful. I have no health insurance or anything.


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I have had lazy eye in my right eye since I was born. I have never wore contacts or glasses which i desperately need and will probably get soon. I have never done any surgeries.It does put you down at times but I feel like life is to short to let it control your entire life. You try so hard to look normal for people that a hundred years down the road will all be faded away. Please dont forget how short and precious our time is here on earth so dont let this get the best of you and control your happiness in life. Its not worth it, I promise!!! I have a social life, a good job, and great friends because I force it not to get the best of me. I also had professor in college with this condition that are very successful people and its because they decided not to let it control them. Imagine, they had the courage to speak to college classes of about 100 with a lazy eye! Now I dont have that much confidence, but they were very inspiring to me. They showed me that life is what you make of it and if you accept yourself that others will too. Again, i know its hard, i will always have my down moments about my lazy eye no matter what. But im just saying dont let it control your every thought every minute.

Also, I did not realize how many people with this condition cannot drive. I have never had a problem with driving. I just use my left eye.


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I have lazy eye and I noticed when I drink it makes it worse.


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ANYONE? I want to know if drinking alcohol makes your lazy eye worse!?!?!?!

Anyways, another thing, hopefully an inspiring story for some of you, I did have 20/100 or something vision in my lazy eye, probably worse than that actually, and i decided to patch and do some vision therapy even though my eye doctor said there is nothing i can do (I'm 18) but i got my lazy eye to be 20/20 vision! still hard to read and stuff (things close together) but it's 20/20 with my right eye at 20/15 which is better than normal. Anyways, i'm going to be doing more therapy later to get my eyes to straighten out and fuse the images together (hopefully). My vision therapy doctor says she has accomplished this with many adualts who have amblyopia and strabismus. wish me luck :)

oh, and if all else fails i'll get surgury, but i want to be able to see 3-D and be able to drink alcohol without my eyes going crossed which is what i'm guessing will happen if i get surgery?


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i have found out recently that i have a lazy eye & im 16, reading these stories upsetted me greatly, i have one good eye & one that is just lazy but it doesnt move around, it looks normal will it start moving around? also cant somthing be done to improve ur lazy just by a little bit? i mean so i could just see a little better? please reply i could use the help.


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SOMEONE ANSWER THIS! ok, so I'm not too sure if drinking makes my lazy eye worse? I have a very slight lazy eye and was wondering if anyone else knows if drinking alcohol effects their lazy eye?


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I am 19 years old and I have strabismus in my left eye (one inch to the left) not a big deal but it affects my life its funny how people prefer to judge others for the problems they have TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED


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I am a frustrated parent of a 16 year old who has amblyopia. It was discovered in 4th grade and we went through the ey drop treatment and patching. His vision started out 20/232 in his left eye. They improved it to 20/70 with a contact. He refuses to wear his contact and eventually will loose eyesight in that eye. When they are young and can see well with one eye you can not make them understand the importance of taking care of the bad eye. I hope someday there is something out there to correct this problem. Now he would never patch his eye or use eye drops because it is too embarrasing for him.


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My name is matthew harris. I am a 20 y/o w/m living with both minor/major deviation of either L or R eyes at separate times- sorry if thats a mouthful. Anyways, I too have experienced that awkward social moment in a group of people, when the person you thought you were addressing, actually pauses your conversation to ask: "with which of us are you speaking?"

Regardless of the level of sincerity involved with that question.

Inside I think... "Wow, that hurts."
Outside I say... "It was nothing, nevermind."

Oh, and apparently there is some reason why we amblyopes are missing the ability to see 3D as well. Actually, I can speak for everyone... but when i put on those glasses for 3D movies it was either Red or Green light filter (Not a combo of both producing some sweet 3D effect).

Either way, I am trying to find more information on this topic with a stronger medical basis, however the results of the latest clinical study performed by Lijuan Liu at the Beijing Xiehe Hospital (2007) show that The treatment-which involves a very simple visual task-was effective on 20-year-old subjects. Amblyopia was considered mostly irreversible after age 8.

Inside i think: "this is amazing!"
Outside i say: "this is probably just a load of crap... again."

For those with normal vision who cannot seem to grasp how "different" the world seems to us amblyopes... try to imagine this:

much like the first paragraph (and many similar posts) have mentioned before... it is much easier to stare at the ground and have a lazy-eye go unnoticed, than to willingly face ongoing social humiliation in unfamiliar settings where the average person doesn't understand what it is like to constantly think about avoiding eye contact.

Now think about the world from that angle... 90% of your life.

Check out this study and draw your own conclusions, but I say we have the power to rewrite our own futures... and fix a problem that went unattended for far too long ago.

http://amblyopia.freeforums.org/new-advances-ambly...


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Hi. I'm Beth. Throughout school, no one ever believed that I couldn't see out of my left eye even though I was told by doctors that I was blind in that eye. I've gotten through most eye exams by "cheating" and switching my eyes when the person giving the test wasn't looking. It's also how I passed the DMV eye test.

In addition to basically being told that I was a liar for most of my life (they all insisted that I must see something), I also have no depth perception, see numbers backwards at times, and get headaches over my lazy eye.



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Hi,
I am 23 female and have lazy eye all my life. No one told me about it. Friends that I have had for years said that they noticed it but never said anything since they thought it would be rude to.

Having had looked back at my family yearly pictures which we have taken one every year but maybe two, in my pictures when I was younger, I noticed that my eye was to the side, no one noticed it before. Now, I'm not the type of girl who is constantly checking herself in the mirror, worried about her looks since I've always been a tomboy. It wasn't until my senior year when I noticed it. I asked my dad about it and he didn't know so he made me an eye doctor appointment and that's when we found out that I had lazy eye.

Apparently, its too late for me but I found something interesting about lazy eye through my teenage sister who also has it. The doctor she went to gave her special lenses that are supposed to force your eye to focus! I haven't tried them out myself but I plan on getting an appointment with him over the holidays.

I haven't noticed anything majorly wrong with me and the last eye doctor I went to said that it doesn't affect me as much but I think that since I had lazy eye she just wanted to get rid of me as fast as possible. I noticed that a lot of the doctors I went to did that. Seeing as how they never even told me I had the problem in the first place.

I have difficulty at times telling whether or not things are straight or crooked.

I'm not too sure about distances at times.

Sometimes when I am on the train or walk into a room where it is quite long behind my standing point, things get... odd... I can't quite explain it but it gets off...

And for the last year I've finally started working on getting my drivers license but I


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Hello,

I'm 20 years old and have the condition known as Amblyopia ( lazy eye) on left eye. I prefer to use the scientific term rather than "lazy eye", but that being said I know what you all are going through. As it is quite tough to live with at any age.
Well I had surgery to correct the laziness at an early age, it sometimes still occurs in some situations. As there is no permanent solution. Because it has to do with the brain rather than the eye itself.

But as of right now I'm more concerned about my vision as there is only blurriness in the amblyopic eye. That's where "Magnetic Brain Stimulation" will hopefully cure the adult amblyopia condition. Here is news of hope if you haven't read http://www.medpagetoday.com/Ophthalmology/GeneralO...


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Glade to see their are other like me here who experience the same what Ive been threw in life.
My story pretty much starts as most of your.
I'm a 37 y/o male who developed my lazy eye in the left eye at or around the ages of 5 - 7 or so. I had a operation around the age of 9 or so was told by doctors to were my glasses. Feeling embarrassed I never did or rarely wore them. Now I so fracking regret it. I avoid talking to others as much as I can family included. It's also why I have had very few women in my life. Its sad to say that when your young and the girl your with is having a conversation your over hearing about what would your kids look like if you stayed together is pretty much a Mike Tyson ko to ones self esteem at the age 16.
Seeing a doctor now I get the say advise theirs no help cosmetic surgery "glass eye" is your only option and I don't want that.
Id rather go blind or wait out and hope for the best before I did that.

I will close this by saying if you have kids who has a lazy eye[s] please encourage them to do as the doctor says or they will regret it for the whole entire life.


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hi everyone,

I'm a 35 year old mom of 3 beautiful children!
Well, I have a lazy eye on the left side which is really bad.
Have been to so many doctors since I was young and growing up they all said it's not a wise choice to drive for safety reasons and that theres not much they can do to fix my eyesight.
I've been feeling more and more depressed about it because I cant drive my kids anywhere and my 8 year old keeps asking when I'm going to start driving. i also feel like my husband is not very undestanding about it!
I'm even embarassed to tell people...have to always make up excuses for not going to certain events.
I did manage to get my license 5 years ago but a dr had to sign a form....I just refuse to drive because I know how bad my vision is and for the safety of my children.
Al these dr's have put this fear on me and I guess thats why I'm so nervous as well to even think about driving.
Sorry for this being so long! I just needed to ven!
Thanks,
gisele


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I am a 40 yo male who has a right lazy eye. I have had this problem since I was young and was taken to a doctor by my mother only for him to tell her not to worry that it would correct itself in time. Needless to say it has'nt, and as I grew older I guess I was able to adapt to it with the turning or tilting of the head (unbenongst to me) to bring things into one image because I was seeing double. It was when I turned 30 that I noticed I started getting headaches..severe migraines because of the constant struggle my two eyes were going through just to see correctly. I visited and Opthamologist and she said that I pretty much lost the ability as I got older to deal and adjust to the problem hence the constant headaches. She recommended surgery to fix it stating that the procedure is not performed on adults usually and that it would only correct about 75% of it. That's a pretty good percentage and elected to have it done. That was about ten years ago and I noticed that my vision was better and that the headaches had decreased significantly. Now in the last few months I noticed the same problems recurring with the headaches being worse now. I cant watch TV or even perform some jobs because I really pay for it at night with the extremely painful migraines so bad to the point where I'm vomiting. I saw my eye doctor a few years ago and I told him that I had the surgery and he said that follow up surgeries for that procedure might be needed. At this point in time I don't know what to do because I am just so tired of this. I feel for everyone here and only wish that it could be corrected with a one time procedure because my life has and is a living hell because of it.


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I'm a 33 year old female. I live in Texas and had lazy eyes since birth. I had the operation at 5, then again at 32. My insurance paid for it. It was an outpatient procedure that lasted about 2 hours. I can now look at people in their face when they talk to me. I still sometimes look away because that's what I was use to doing all of my life. I use to have suicidal thoughts, I was depressed all the time and teased all through school. I have a child, but during my pregnancy, I was so worried that he too would have a lazy eye. I was told that the operation was only successful with children, but it can be done on adults as well. The specialist realigns the muscles in your eyes so they will not drift inward or outward. I am so much happier now.


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I have a lazy left eye and trust me I am highly embarrassed to have it. Back at my end, no one back at home has this problem except me. This really makes life o difficult. I have no social life.

I work 5 days a week and during my weekly off, I do not go out anywhere.

I have now even come to a decision of not getting married as I do not want my wife to ever feel embarrassed because of my Lazy Eye.

Only people with a Lazy eye would understand how hard life is. Nearly everyday back at work I get to hear so many negative comments, that people pass out about my eye.

Anyways, I guess this a part of life & I would have to face it for the rest of my life.

Have a nice weekend ahead.

Thank you..


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Hi, my name is jonathon, im 25 now and i have to say ,WOW its really cool to see so many other ppl are having the same issues ive had for forever, ive had a lazy eye since a was born, my eyes were crossed when i was hatched due to too much oxygen from being born pre-mature.
I had an operation when i was young in which they moved my eye over too far and my parents were told that I would have to wait untill i was 18 to have another operation, earlier this year i went back to the same doctor Dr. Richard Simon of the center of eye exellence in miami at baptist hospital for a so called free eye exam in which i was unknowingly given eye dialation eyedrops as part of the consult, (btw i took a bus a train and walked to this consult) once i was blinded by the eyedrops i was charged 200+ dollars for a so called free eye exam and left to walk to the bus and take a train home blinded!!!! thank god my girlfriend went with me no doubt i wouldnt of made it home alive with out her.
Shame on all you corrupt doctors taking advantage of people. DR. RICHARD SIMON AND THE CENTER OF EYE EXCELLENCE AT BAPTIST HOSPITAL IN MIAMI FL_
C R O O K S!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I am a 35 year old woman, 12 years ago I had developed herpes simplex-cold sore virus in my left eye. I developed uveitis, and my retina began to detach, and developed a major cateract. After numerous surgeries, I lost vision in that eye, and it slowly began swinging inward and becoming a lazy eye-large angle left esotropia. I am due to have eye muscle surgery in October to correct the lazy eye, but I will never regain my vison. I can see colors and shapes, but it remains very hazy, and gives me double vision along with migraine type headaches.


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Hi everyone. I am a film student at Stevenson University who wants to do a story about a child who has lazy eyes. I would love to understand more about how this condition affects the lives of others in order to help create this character realistically. I want this story to be powerful, informing, and influential. I always like to say that when you look through other people eyes, you'll learn a lot. If you have lazy eyes and or have experience with lazy eyes, and you are comfortable sharing your story, please contact me at yplzhu@gmail.com for an interview. Thank you so much for your attention. I wish you the best.


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Hey, my name is Tim, and Im 22. I was diagnosed with glaucoma as an infant and had 3 surgeries in each eye. I was then put on glasses and a patch to correct my right eye from turning in. The problem was fixed when I was younger up until about a year or two ago when I started to notice it coming back. I wore glasses up until highschool when I stopped wearing them because I didnt think they helped much. Later, in college, I started to notice my eye turning in when i would look at things up close and focus as well as randomly in social situations. I would be drinking at a party and someone would start laughing and saying I was cross eyed. Even after I noticed my lazy eye coming back I was able to hide it by not FOCUSING when talking to people. When I'm drinking though, I seem to not have control over it. I have really started to notice the vision in my right eye deteriorating, and I don't know what to do. I am under the care of ophthalmologist and an optometrist who I see twice a year, and neither have mentioned anything about my condition, and apparently my vision is fine in both eyes. I know this seems weird, and I dont know what to make of it. I am gonna try patching it today, and if that doesnt work, ill definitely talk to my ophthalmologist about it. I just KNOW that Im not using my right eye at all, and that worries me because I feel like it will just get worse, functionally and cosmetically. I just hope the damage to my eye is not something I could have prevented like if i would have just keeped wearing my glasses. Anyway, be proud to be able to see, I will always be, and thanks for the stories everyone. Good luck.


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I'm 18 years old, and I love to party and go out with my friends on a regular basis, as any girl my age would do. I'm also pretty and have a nice figure, I'm outgoing, but I have a lazy eye. It seems, it eliminates all my good features. It's slowly deteriorating my self esteem. It's to the point now, where I won't speak up in conversations. I won't make eye contact. And I absolutely dread being with more than one or two people, like being at a party or something. I also work full time, and that is getting exceedingly difficult..helping customers..socializing with co-workers..everything. I go to the bathroom every day, stand at a distance from the mirror, and see what people see. It's absolutely depressing. I realize that ignoring it and making people see that it doesn't affect me in a negative way is for the best, 'cause it's basically all you can do. But then people look at me and smirk a little, ask if I'm on something, or ask what I'm looking at...I know exactly what they're thinking and I can't even do anything about it.
I've had two laser eye surgeries, once when I was 14 and then again when I was 18. At 14, I was stupid and thought it was fixed so I stopped with the eye drops. I didn't realize how bad it would get. And after my recent one, it's gotten worse. If you have this condition, it's best to stay away from drugs and alcohol..if I would have known, I definitely would have stayed away! Now I'm more depressed and suffering than ever. If anyone has any good coping mechanisms, let me know..because nobody deserves this, and I want to be who I want to be and be able to live!!


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Hi, my name is Zac, and I'm 17 years old. I have a lazy eye in my left eye and am considering surgery soon to straighten my eyes out. The eye doctor said that some doctors use a new method where they freeze your eye and adjust it while you are awake so they can better align your eyes. It sounds great and all for what I want, but the only thing I'm concerned about is how good my vision will be after the surgery. I already see doubles most of the time when I think about it, I don't mind it much right now but I remember for a month or so it was really bad and I got really sad and frustrated about it, anyways, so I came here to ask people who have had eye surgery to straighten their eyes if you see double vision and if it is permanent.

PLEASE RESPOND

THANK YOU!


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Hi I am 25 soon to be 26 year in less than 24 hours. I'm a female. I have lazy eye in my right eye. I inherited from my dad. He had it in his left eye though. I am the only one in my family that I know of with this condition since my dad is no longer living. I have been wearing contact lens for about 10 years. The contacts of course don't correct my eye problem but it helps (fyi my contacts have to be special made and it is expensive). Sadly, my lazy eye is still obvious with the contacts but it helps me not feel too much like crap. I have social issues too. I can't stand looking people in the eye at close range. I always try to stand as far away from people during a convo or at an angle as much as possible. I try to look and angle my self to the left. Anyway, I am obssesed with mirrors or my reflection. I'm always looking at my eyes to see how bad the lazy eye looks. I constanly take pictures or sometimes make videos to look (analyze) at my eye. I'm always trying to convince myself that it's not that bad but it never works. I know I need some type of self esteem therapy. I want to be comfortable with my eye and who I am. I want to appreciate the fact that I am not blind and I have a decent good eye. Living with my lazy eye is like living with a huge burden. It's always so heavy on my mind when I'm in social situations. Anyone, have any tips on being more comfortable with my lazy eye? I want to forget about it while talking to or looking at people. The problem isn't for people to accept my eye but for me to accept my eye. I matter the most. I'm stopping myself from living life fully and I hate it.
btw I am not willing to do surgery because of the cost and risks. I tried the patch shortly years ago, I gave up due to frustration and laziness.


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Hi Mandy (mss85)
I'm 39 and I had recently gone to a pediatric eye doctor that also corrects Strabismus in adults too. You may want to look into that in your community. I last had surgery at 4 & 10 years of age. My right eye is legally blind & went from crossing inward before surgery to eventually crossing outward (& staying that way) by my teens. I also was ridiculed by others growing up. I too thought that I must be too old to have surgery but the doc had told me surgery could be done at any age. You will have to check with your medical insurance provider to see if you would be covered though.


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Hello all! My name is Mandy, I'm 24...and I too have a lazy eye. Its my right one. My mom took me to the doctor when I was 3 (when she noticed it) ,and he told her there was nothing wrong with me. So she later on took me back, and said since she had let this go on for so long untreated...there was nothing they could do. I've been so depressed since I've realized my condition. I didn't notice it until I was 16. People have made fun of me my whole life, I can't muster up the courage to look anyone in the eye...I hate taking pictures. I'm so tired of letting this eat at me. Is there anything I can do for it being as old as I am?


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Hi,
I'm in my late 30's and I've had a lazy eye all my life. I had surgery when I was 4 years old and patched. But the patching wasn't successful as I kept taking it off, much to my mother's irritation.
During my teens, my eyes seemed pretty straight. Only when I was tired did my lazy eye start to drift out as people would ask if I was talking to them or the person next to them!
During my 20's, my lazy eye started to drift out more often and became more noticeable as I approached my 30's.
During my early 30's, I had a few vision therapy. Whilst they helped me to concentrate on pulling my lazy eye in and therefore straight, it didn't do more more.
I have consulted three separate doctors for surgery, and each one advised me against it as they told me that although it would correct my eye 'cosmetically', the results would not last forever. They said that they could not guarantee how long the results would last before my eye would start to drift out again. And they all said that my eye would start to drift out again, but it could be in 5 or 10 years.
I came across an interesting article in the Science daily about research into treating amblyopia in adults in case anyone is interested - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/08030...
Lazy eye is a neural deficit as the brain doesn't know how to use the two eyes together. Many doctors told me that all babies have to learn to use their eyes together and for the minority that that don't, end up with a lazy eye.


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hey im im jay i just found this page browzing and i was looking for some kinda help with my disorder i see people saying things im going though every day its very deprssing for all of us they have know i dea how bad it is for us i hav completly great visoin in my left eye now in my right i have a blured vison i was born with cadderact had it removed and a surgery to line my right eye up with my left i felt it was ok for a will i had the surger when i was like 7 im 25 now and like its back to the start agian it goes in once in a wile i hate looking in peoples eyes i hate being ecnored in conver sation it is the most hardest thin i haved to deal with ALL MY GOD WHY US WHY i could sit here and cry but i have to much pride i have a pretty girl i can tell sometimes when she looks at me strange like with a fake smile looking at it and i forget but that reminds me i have it all the time i have no insurence i need help anbody please please leave a comment please this is for every body we all need to be helped in some kinda away my name is jay im looking for a friend to discuse this with well got to go my girl just got home i dont want her to see hiy me back som one


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I am 18 and have had no vision in my right eye since birth. My right eye used to sit in a corner permanently but I had two surgeries when I was about 4 (I think) and it's relatively in line with the left now. I also have a squint and the main line of focus for my left eye is just above my nose, but I guess it compensates for having no vision on the right. My left eye is also slightly short-sighted.

Anyway, the point I wanted to make is how grateful I am for having any vision at all I've never been bothered by lack of vision or depth perception, and once people know about it they usually accept and ignore it. I'm just grateful I can drive and grateful to be alive. Thank you for all the inspiring stories!


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I am a 39 year old woman. I was born with a blind crossed right eye that crossed inward. I have had surgery to straighten my eye at 4 years old & 10 years old. I've done the eye patch as a small child but nothing worked. I grew up being teased by some family members as well as a few kids at school. Growing up this way can make you depressed and make you self conscious. Today my right eye points outward (wall eye). It stays in that position and never moves. I deal with a lot of people at work and it does annoy me too when they look over their shoulder to see what I am looking at. I must get a pissed look on my face cause noone ever asks me what I am looking at. I try to avoid looking people in the eye as much as possible due to this. I wear glasses because my "good" eye has eye strain from having to do the work for both eyes all my life. Nobody has ever really explained to me what my condition is but I have gone to a doctor that says it is possible to fix my eye. I wont ever be able to see out of it due to a birth defect but it would be nice to have straight eyes to feel at least a little more normal..


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I was diagnosed with lazy eye when I was in 5th grade. I used to be called the 'cross eyed freak' and i didn't know why. My good eye deteriorated enough so that I can see, but could get corrective lenses. 5 years later, I have learned to deal with it and live life like normal. It's more a joke and with my glasses, my eyes switch, but is less noticeable. People in class will ask about it, and I will take off my glasses so that they can see. I don't mind at all. I think the worst part though, is the inability to use those nifty 3D glasses. I currently have my permit and have very few problems with depth perception driving, (except for the occasional near rear end). I do not plan on getting contacts or any surgery though. Not worth it.


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My name's Kenny, and I'm 17. I've been blind in my right eye since I was born, but it was only when I was 7 that I was diagnosed with glaucoma.

Since then I've had 4 surgeries and now my eye looks like a lazy eye: it looks outward to the right. Needless to say it sucks hardcore. It's really awkward in front of cameras and I'm frequently very self-conscience unless I'm with my best friends.

However, your life will really be what you make of it. You can wallow in self-misery and be depressed (I sometimes find myself doing this), but you can also admit to yourself :"Yes, I have this condition, but I'm going to make the best of it".

I have great friends, am looking forward to going to college and enjoy life for the most part.


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My name is Chad, I am 25/m and my life has completely changed in the last 3 months. I started to experience double vision. I first noticed it at work, as I sit at a computer screen all day in a call center. It progressively got worse and now I have double vision almost all of the time, say like 90% of the time. At first, everyone thought I was crazy or making it up. It really was frustrating. After about a month however, my left eye started to noticeably turn outward. At first, it was usually when I was tired, looking at a computer screen, or watching t.v. Now my outward eye turn is noticable more times than not. The double vision I experience is out of control. It occurs almost every minute of the day. I also get horrible migraines, dizzyness, fatigue, vomit a lot, and basically am unable to work and have a tough time driving. I have been to several doctors and the last one I went to was a specialist who deals with exotropia. She suggested since I never had this condition when I was younger and had not suffered any head trauma recently, that there must be an underlying cause. In the last month I've had an MRI, MRA, and CAT scan. The MRI and MRA was just two days ago and I don't know results yet. I am very frustrated and extremely depressed now as I cannot live a normal productive life. What do I do? The specialists suggested if the mri/mra don't show anything then I should try prisms. I would do anything to make double vision and headaches go away. At this point, I don't even care that my drifting eye looks crazy. I have nowhere to turn. Please give me advice someone


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whats up i am 39 yr old male had lazy eye all my life i used to wear a patch but i would take it off i wish i didnt but my left eye is the lazy eye and my right eye i need glasses so i really cant see out of my left and my right i wear glasses all my life i been sad about my eyes and wish i could make straight eye contact it has made me a shy not confidence man who has been left out alot because of my confidence i have trying to find help for adults but no cure yet. i bought these 2500 glasses from a doctor who told me it will cure my eyes but it hasnt worked well just wish there was cure so i could see straight


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I am a 30 year old male, I have spent my entire life (that I am aware of) with a lazy eye. In my early years with this condition I had zero control over my eye, but in the last 6 - 7 years I have found, that I can, if I focus hard enough, keep my eyes working together, but it requires a lot of concentration and it has a bad side effect

I am trying to train myself to keep my eyes working together and I only attempt when I am around people. Within less than 5 minutes my eyes feel like they are being ripped apart. I actually think I might have an extremely unique situation. When I look out of my left eye I can see (20/100) out of my right eye I can see 20/40

As for the side effect, If I control my eyes and make them work together; I am virtually blind, everything becomes a giant blur and no amount of practice seem to clear up the blurriness, (but at least when my eyes are blurry, I know that I look normal to other people and that makes me feel better about me). I can't drive, heck I can barely walk without running into something in this condition... but as you all know, it is so much better to feel normal to other people that whether or not you feel good or are personally physically comfortable.

As others have mentioned nothing hurts more than the way people look at you, those stupid questions (what are you looking at...) people asking if you have a glass eye, people laughing at you, and the one thing that really gets to me, when I say something to someone and they look around behind them to see who you are talking to. I remember spending many nights crying in my bed all alone, no friends, family didn't care. (actually they didn't, I was locked away in my room)

I have never had a girlfriend, because I can't see how anyone could possibly love a freak like me. I don't trust people and over the years developed an avoidant personality disorder.

Oh well god decided to make our lives miserable for a laugh ... god bless him.


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My name is Schawn an I too have a Lazy Eye. I don't ever feel sorry for myself because Christ Made me the way I am today. Most of the time, I don't even think about it. I always look tired to folks, because of my eye...but most people don't even notice it.

My wife has only seen it once, and it doesn't bother her at all.

What I worried about is when I had my Son Parker. I worried that he would have the same effects that I did...but with the grace of god...he doesn't...and boy is he a cutie.

I wanted to tell everyone who reads this...that it is not your fault. God created us this way for a reason. Most of us are sure who we are, and when people don't want to understand...it is not our problem...it is theirs. We who have lazy eye's are bothers and sisters in Christ...and keep that as your focus. If you are made fun of because of it...look at them and say...I'm happy, because God Made me like this, with his own two hands....why would I want to be any different?

I love you all, and look forward to seeing you in heaven one day!!!!!!


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PS
Check with your eye doctor. If your doctor recommends covering your eye with a patch, he or she would probably say cover the good eye, which might help strengthen the weak eye, but it should be left up to your eye doctor.


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Hi,
I understand the frustration that we feel with having this disorder of a lazy eye, but we should be grateful for all we have; good health, good friends and family, good eye sight. Please stand tall and capitalize your i's. There are many successful people with this disorder. I know of an eye surgeon who has this disorder. My son inherited this disorder and he is frustrated as well and I've encouraged him to become a doctor or researcher who might discover a cure or prevention of this disorder.
MC


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hi everyone . i am 18. i have had a lazy sense i was maybe around 9 years old. i started out not that bad i had too look way too the left for my left eye too get all whacky. my left eye is the one thats bad now. i cant read good with it now and im starting too need reading glasses when i read for long periods of time or in a dark area. its only when i look left now. now i just barely have too turn my eyes too the left and my left eye gets all off. its becoming worse and worse. and now im getting worried about it. i dont know if its just gunnu keep getting worse and worse then im gunnu eventually lose my eye sight in my left eye or if its gunnu eventually work my way all the way too where ever i look its gunnu be tweaked. im wondering if i can wear a patch like i keep hearing about on this message bored. is it the good eye that you cover up?. im just wondering if theres anything i can do. any comments or anything please feel free too tell me. thanks


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Hi everyone I am morris. And my left eye is always wondering off..I always have to wear glasses I've been like this since I was 3 years olld.I love to play basketball but what people say to me make fun of me afeects me no matter how hard I try to ignor it. Its hard for me to focus on an object for along time cuz my head starts hurting. Bieng cross eyed has affected me so much my self astem my personality I don't like lookin at people in the eye cuz they always make fun of me. I am 17 years old. And I want to cure it..so if you guys have aany information contact me.morriscotto@tmail.com. God bless


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Hi everyone I am morris. And my left eye is always wondering off..I always have to wear glasses I've been like this since I was 3 years olld.I love to play basketball but what people say to me make fun of me afeects me no matter how hard I try to ignor it. Its hard for me to focus on an object for along time cuz my head starts hurting. Bieng cross eyed has affected me so much my self astem my personality I don't like lookin at people in the eye cuz they always make fun of me. I am 17 years old. And I want to cure it..so if you guys have aany information contact me.morriscotto@tmail.com. God bless


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Hi everyone I am morris. And my left eye is always wondering off..I always have to wear glasses I've been like this since I was 3 years olld.I love to play basketball but what people say to me make fun of me afeects me no matter how hard I try to ignor it. Its hard for me to focus on an object for along time cuz my head starts hurting. Bieng cross eyed has affected me so much my self astem my personality I don't like lookin at people in the eye cuz they always make fun of me. I am 17 years old. And I want to cure it..so if you guys have aany information contact me.morriscotto@tmail.com. God bless


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Hi ! My name is Nijat. My eye is lazy too. I have been came to Vancouver about 2 years. some times I hate myself. but you know life is continue. there is no body can help me at this time, Because it's too late ? I don't think so I have been fund some interesting game. after that game I feel better. I don't know is that a good way. I covered my better eye. and use my lazy play some soccer. base ball . ping pang . even when I am running. you Know it's ganna work.. keep it every day . Ok guys . that my life, try it . believe yourself. !


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I, too, have a lazy eye. It is my left. I have completely lost binocularity, so I can't ever use both simultaneously. The vision from this eye is 20/20, but I can't focus on anything, like reasing a book, and don't have the same amount of light entering, if I use the left. If you stop and think about it, it is so silly! Anyways, I am 28 and am fed up with the same "nothing can be done" answer. Not so. I found an ophthalmologist, Anthony Vivian, in the England that performs a corrective surgery. There's tons of information, as well as patient testimonials. I live in the US, but a 2 week vacation to England won't hurt anyone, especially if all I gain from it is being able to look people in the eyes when they speak to me. So here is the website.

http://www.lazyeyesite.org/

Please take a look and correspond with me, if it suits you. Best of luck!
providencegirl@live.com


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I am a 36 year old female who has lived with Strabismus all of my life. I was diagnosed when I was around 12. I have alternating exotropia where my eyes take turns turning out towards my ears. The fustrating thing for me has been that my eyes appear normal for most of the time. They will only turn out when I am tired, or sick or nervous. Due to that I was told that I am not a candidate for surgery. I understand what everyone has been going through because I grew up with Family members teasing me unmercilously. I also had to endure teasing in school. I count my blessings though because I have been told that I am very attractive, have a beautiful smile and other great features. My only flaw is the eyeturn.

So I think God has blessed me in other areas. Its just very fustrating to deal with this daily. I have been to 3 different doctors and one who claimed to be an expert in the field, had written books, who I took vision therapy with, didn't even know specifically what my condition was or what specific treatment plan to treat my condition. Even he couldn't understand why the treatment wasn't as effective and just shrugged it off.

Still he was not shy about taking my money and just beating around the bush. Half the time I would come to his office and leave fustrated because the exercises I was doing was things i could stay home and do myself and save my money. After about a year and a half of this nonsense. I noticed my eyes were no better than when I first came. I then decided that he didn't know what he was doing and was only interested in taking my money so i stopped therapy with him.

For those considering Vision Therapy. Well I took it with 2 different doctors for a total of about 2 years. I will say that it improved my ability to help my eyes work together as a team alot better than before but it was not a magical cure for me. I have been told and from my research I know that my strabismus is the most easiest to treat with a 99% cure rate, because its not constant it comes and goes and I have binocular vision and depth perception. My eyes almost function normal besides the occasional eye turn. Yet I have been to 2 doctors. One claiming to be an expert who didn't do anything to help me except take my money and waste my time.


While I was taking it, my eyes felt stronger. I even managed to go without my glasses for a while. I noticed I can spend hours reading without getting headaches and all.

However Vision therapy unlike surgery does not cosmetically improve the look of your eyes and it is very expensive and time consuming and there is a chance that for most people it simply will not even be effective.
That to me was pretty hard to swallow after spending $1,000's of dollars and hours wasted in Therapy only to have the same things happening with my eyes as before in some cases worse. If you are going to do Vision Therapy just be aware of the costs and the risks and that it wont change your eyes cosmetically. Unfortunately I am not a candidate for surgery or I would have had that long time ago and been done with it.

I just keep praying to God for a solution and there are some doctors in Europe who are working on better ways to help people like us but unfortunately it will take some time before the technology gets here to the U.S

In the meantime. I suggest educating yourselves thoroughly about your condition. There are many resources online and at your local library. Read up about it so that you can better understand what treatment options will be beneficial for you and not what some doctor says he thinks would be best for you. If you do seek the Vision Therapy option, ask plenty of questions and also maybe for references from other patients (Adults) who have been treated successfully. Also ask about what specific plan will be used to treat you. Get an estimate of costs and time beforehand. Then get a second opinion just to be sure this is right. As treatment and evaluation for this condition can be downright stifling as far as expense goes.
Good Luck and God Bless,


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Hi I have amblyopia and I am 23 years old. I've had it since I was three years of age.I am also farsighted and I have a slight stigmatism ( which is the same thing) I wear contacts because my eye glasses are extremely thick and they make my eyes look huge which is very uncomfortable and embrassing. I wear a +9 perscription in both eyes. I supress my right eye so my left eye is the strongest. My contacts seem to be working because they keep them from crossing but they do get restless because I have only one eye doing all the work. I would like to know if someone out there has a similar situation like mine because having amblyopia can be somewhat stressful.
Thank you!
If you would like to share or respond my email is Jvazquez521@hotmail.com


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Hi I have amblyopia and I am 23 years old. I've had it since I was three years of age.I am also farsighted and I have a slight stigmatism ( which is the same thing) I wear contacts because my eye glasses are extremely thick and they make my eyes look huge which is very uncomfortable and embrassing. I wear a +9 perscription in both eyes. I supress my right eye so my left eye is the strongest. My contacts seem to be working because they keep them from crossing but they do get restless because I have only one eye doing all the work. I would like to know if someone out there has a similar situation like mine because having amblyopia can be somewhat stressful.
Thank you!


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Hi I am Chris and I am 18 I do have a lazy eye, and I always feel stressed about it not to many people know about it because I can not make eye contact, and it gets me in really awkward sistuations. I can say that I am an alright looking guy but when it comes to girls they say they cant understand why I do not have a girlfriend, and I am really quiet spent my who high school years listening to music doing nothing :( I have not been to a doctor about it yet but I just want something thst will actually fix it so I can not be such a shy guy stressing about it everyday. Read tons of stories about many of you and its like wow some are pretty similar, and I do no how it feels, does anyone have any suggestions? :(


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I have known about my lazy eye since I was in the 1st grade. The Drs worried it was to late to fix the problem, but never the less, I tried the whole patch thing. It didnt help at all. All it helped me to do was look like a fool. LOL I had to litterly stand in front of the chalk board at school to read anything on it. I ran into walls, and stuff like that.

The eye specialist I was seeing who diagnosed me, told me that there was nothing they could do about my lazy eye. When I was about 17, I tried a new Dr. He gave me contacts and claimed they would really help. Wrong. They helped none. He also told me that I could not wear glasses at all, as one lense would be so much bigger than the other, it just wouldnt work. I didnt much care for that Dr. even more so when I found out that the conctacs did no good.

I am now 26, and havent been to an eye Dr in years. I am making my appointment first of the year. :) My eye sight dosent seem to effect much in my every day life and I am lucky that both my eyes look normal. I only have one problem, Driving...I do have my permit, but no license. Im not a bad driver, I just get nervous as I cant seem to see all that I should be able to see on the road. Does anyone else have this problem?
The last time I got my permit, the examiner who did the eye test, told me I better get my license soon, as my eyes were getting worse compared to my last test. (Ive had my permit many times, LOL) And that I might not pass my eye test next time. This worries me so, even to the point of putting off taking my test as Im afraid they will take my permit. (Allthough I know if my eyes are bad, I shouldnt drive)

What do I do if I cant drive? I am lucky enough to not have to work at this point in life, but times are getting harder. And I might need a job soon. I was wondering if anyone else has problems with their driving?

Thanks for listening. Its very nice to talk to others with the same problem as mine. To many times Ive been told to stop faking for attention. :) Or Ive been told by people with glasses "Hey, we cant see out of either eye, your lucky." But what they dont realize is that they put glasses on and can see good. Most of us lazy eyers arent that lucky. So thanks again.


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Hi I’m 29 years old and I was diagnosed with AMBLYOPIA at age 3. I had eye drops until I was 5 years old. Then I wore glasses until I was in 8th grade. Then I was just told to wear them when I’m reading or using the computer.

During my college years my eyes started to bother me again. It has been a struggling 7 years of seeing every eye doctors in town. One doctor diagnosed me with glaucoma (which I took medicine for 6 months for this and later to find out I was misdiagnosed) and other said there is nothing we can do to fix the problem. YOU NEEDED TO DO THIS WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER. My response was I did!

I am grateful that I CAN SEE but I worried as I am getting older it is getting worse. The glasses do help but I AM STILL GET MIGRAINES, MOTION SICKNESS AND I ALMOST DID NOT PASS THE DRIVING TEST WITH THE GLASSES ON!!

Is there ANY DIAGNOSES to help improve ADULT AMBLYOPIA??


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I am 23 ... almost 24 ... and I have had a lazy right eye since I was two. I went through two surgeries as a child and numerous testings. For about a year till I was 4 my vision seemed corrected. But after more testing, it went back again to the "lazy" form. I wore eye patches, but I hated the teasing and hated the way it felt on my eye, so I chose not to wear it as much as I should have. I can force my eye to be straight, but my vision is blurry and I get a headache when I force it for to long. My right on dominates and I am near sighted in that eye. I to have heard the question "Are you looking at me?" and hate making eye contact with people. 3D things irritate me so much. My friends and family LOVE 3D movies and such, but they do nothing for me. And NO ONE seems to understand that. I work a lot with kids (I'm going to school to be a teacher) and I found young children to be the most accepting of my disability. They don't judge and they don't seem to notice anything "different". I hope one day there is a surgery or vision therapy to correct this in adults. It would be nice to one day see through both of my eyes clearly. :( But I do love hearing everyone else's stories. Misery loves company, right?


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Hello
My name is Charles. I am 33 years old. I was born with good vision. When I was 18 years old I was invited to play war games with some freinds. War games is one team with fight another team using BB or pelit guns. It did not seem like a good idea but I was bored so I went. I was shot in the face and the pelit went into my head and severed my optic nerve. I was told in the hospital after an attempted surgery that I would be blind in one eye. I was also told over time my eye would drift outward. To tell you the truth I was more woried about having a lazy eye more than I was being blind in one eye. I asked about what could be done and was told they could tighten muscles on one side of my eye to realign it. Today I went online looking for a place to get this done. I stumpled upon this web site. I read all the stories and wanted to share mine. My eyes do move together but when I look straight one eye looks a different way. I have been very insacure with my condition and liked to have found individuals in similar positions. My advice. I have none for this life time. My advice it that in your next life you won't have this condidtion. That time will come soon enough. Strugle through this life and find things that make you happy. In your next life I hope to look at you eye to eye and smile.

Thanks for your time


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I am 49 and have always had a lazy right eye. Early surgery helped a little. My left eye requires correction and thus I wear one contact lens. My right eye is legally blind and tends to barely look up and to the right. I can still see out of my eye but it's like turning the dimmer switch to the lowest position. I have peripheral vision to a small degree in my right eye. Over the last 30 years, I have learned to control my right eye to some degree. But, my control methods have now pushed my right eye out to the right a bit more then years ago. I have to keep my head level when watching TV. If I tilt my head as in laying down, then my right eye will just take off to the inside corner. I HATE that so bad. Then I go look into the mirror and try to focus on my peripheral vision to the right and most of the time can correct the eye back to a normal look. Another way I correct myself is to look at a bright light bulb and quickly find my the light with my right lazy eye. That helps me to stay in focus. But sometimes, I don't even know its crossed until I focus. That sucks to not know.

I am tall and have been very athletic in my life time. I still play golf, tennis, pool, hunting, fishing, biking, bowling but mostly always alone. I have been a loner all my life. I now live alone. People just don't understand what its REALLY like to be a outcast or ignored in a conversation. They don't understand how to look at me or otherwise look another direction. I look at them straight on. I have to be a little bit pushy to force my way in socially sometimes and because I refuse to be treated less then others, I tend to either gain there respect or completely loose the potential friend. I do have a couple friends that I can hang out with and for some reason, I have a beautiful girl friend that stands by me but probably because her son had lazy eye when younger. She won't marry me and I do wish I could be married again.

The one thing I must say to everyone in here is that you MUST force yourself to be strong and not let it get you down. This is what we have. We have to live with it. Find your strengths and that includes me to.

Write to me if you need to talk.
Proton1905@aol.com
Jim


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even as an adult people ask me "what are you looking at ??" u just tell them i have a lazy eye and they drop it
its frustrating sometimes cause u feel unbalanced alot cause my eyes are going this way and that way hopefully someone will find a way to fix it .
good luck to everybody


Re:adult lazy eye



HI!
I'm a 19 year old female, who was born with a lazy eye (my left eye wanders outward). Growing up I underwent the patch exercises, few minor surgeries...nothing worked. I'm shy as it is, so with this kind of disability it makes you all the more insecure and timid. I hate making eye contact with people, hate photos...It's such a hindrance to my self esteem. Yet, you know what I eventually realized, if I’m uncomfortable, so is everyone else around me, and if I just learn to relax and be myself...this translates to the people around me. When you have a lazy eye you feel like that's all people look at...this disability doesn't define you though and it's up to YOU to help people see something else. I have great friends, a loving boyfriend, I'm currently in university studying journalism and hope to be around people all the time an break out of this shell I was trapped in for most of my childhood. As easy as it is to talk about how much our lives suck and wait aimlessly for some kind of medical breakthrough...why no do something about it. Live a normal life, show people that one stupid awkwardly aligned eye has no impact on you and your capabilities…therefore it shouldn’t bother them either. Cheers.


Re:adult lazy eye



Hello,
I am 50 years old and have a left lazy eye. I had surgery 8 years ago and it worked until this last year. I had crossed eyes as a baby and at the age of 5 the state of California made my parents take me and have my eyes fixed. I went through exercises, 2 corrective surgeries at Loma Linda. I would like to thank Dr. Scott (who is probably deceased by now) for his work. I know what living a normal life is like due to him. I also have people ask me "Are you talking to me?" Now my eye wonders worse than it ever has. It makes you not want to go out in public. In some instances you CAN have surgery and have it repaired. I am hoping that it can be reversed again. I will see in March. Good luck to all!!!


Re:adult lazy eye



I'm 33 and I have a lazy right eye with exotropia (wall eye). I had corrective surgery at 4 yrs old and had to patch. As a child, I kept ripping the patch off and it didn't work too well. However, in the last few years, I have really started to notice that my right eye turns out - especially in photographs - yuck! I've done some research into Vision Therapy which I have read helps with Strabismus, Amblyopia etc. Has anyone tried this as an adult. Success rate for children is supposed to be very good, but I would like to know if anyone has tried Vision therapy as an adult? thanks!


Re:adult lazy eye



Hi. my name is kwon and i am a 30 year old female who suffers from lazy eye in my right eye. For the most part i can look at people for a short while before my eye begins to wonder. So I basically have become very aware of what i'm looking at and for how long before i turn my attention to something else, in order to try an make it appear that my eyes are normal. It really does affect all aspects of your life especially when your significant other wants to stare into your eyes and they don't know about your condition. For some reason when i watch t.v. or drink it seems to be no way to control it at all. I would love to know if there is anything i can do to correct this condition so i can live a normal life.


Re:adult lazy eye



Hi
I have 20/160 left & 20/20 right. I had vision treatment in 1969 (aged 10) thru 1972 & lowered my left eye to 20/40(-) corrected & 20/50 uncorrected! But I became rebellious (without a father) & mother was forced to cease my therapies. By 1975 my vision degraded to 20/100 uncorrected. I eventually found ways to cheat on the driving vision test & have been driving well since 1978. I still retain binocular vision with reduced depth perception (I seem to have compensated well for poor depth percetion).

I want to thank Dr DuPont (passed I'm sure), Denise Robles & her departed father for treating me. Most of all my Mom who did her very best to save me. Despite a loss in visual accuity I have two healthy eyes.

As for me, I many times want to cry for how my life was affected. But, God has been good to me in very important ways giving me a good life with many additional consolation prizes. My cross is still bearable. May God bless us all in our affliction, especially those who suffer more than I.


Re:adult lazy eye



hi everyone, my name is jun, come from china. i am so unlucky, my two eyes have lazy eyes, It really effects my whole life in evereyaspect,everything i see is not clear,and i am so flustrated of my eyes, i can not drive, i can not study well, and i can not see clear of the blackboard even i sit at the first raw in the class, now i am 24 years old, my life is still very long, and now i even do not know why i am studying at the university,i am so sad of my future,i do not want to live like this, everyday i dream my eyes can be treated even in the dream,... i born in china and live there, when i was yong, it is 80s,china is very poor,and the sciense is not good,and even the doctor did not find my eyes problem when i went to the hospital !!util i am 9years old i have lazy eyes. as you know, it is too late


Re:adult lazy eye



hello
i'am 36 and i have lazy eye in my left eye and i hate it
i work in our high school caf . we have some great kid there but our new kid look at me and it hurts me
sometime i have to work the lunch line and kids some time ask me if i'am talking to them and i hate when that happens. no one in my family now how i feel so thanks so much for having this message board.


Re:adult lazy eye



Hello

My Name Is John, I have had lazy, and crossed eyes since as long as i can remember, when i was in JR/SR high school i was diagnosed with i think Esophoria and it can change from eye to eye and now i am 30 years old and have problems

like taking my drivers license,
sometimes i tend to double
get headaches a lot,
and as of lately have poor night vision

a while back i had gotten pulled over and the officer had me basically pull my sleeves, and take my socks off to check my legs and feet, to check for needle marks cause he thought i was on something, alot of people think that cause of the way i look at them...

and now i dont have money nor insuarance to get this problem looked at if anyone has any suggestions or anything please feel free to let me know


Re:adult lazy eye



Hello

My Name Is John, I have had lazy eye since as long as i can rember, when i was in JR/SR highschool i was diagonsed with
i think Esophoria


Re:adult lazy eye



Hi, I am a 42 year old young lady that has lived with lazy eye my entire life. I had surgery on my eye when I was 8 years old, but as we know now that is too late. It has affected the way my life has been very much so. First off, I can not see very well at all. My right eye (veres to the right and up) closes automatically in sunlight which prompts alot of attention. Also I have begun to look down when I speak with people so they will not notice my eye. If I look at them ( when my eye starts to roam) I notice them looking back to see what I am looking at. It has been very difficult for me. I have reached the point where I do not like to look at people and even refrain from speaking with some because I am so embarrased. My vision is so bad (I wear contacts) that if I watch a movie on t.v by the time I am half way through it my eyes are almost completely closed and I develop headaches from trying to see. For everyone that has to suffer this problem, I definitely understand where you are on this. If anyone has heard of a treatment please let me know. I would love one day to be able to look somone in the eyes again and smile.


Re:adult lazy eye



Hello I am ajay
I read your problems like same problem i have so please read my story and become my friend too becasue i dont have friend so i need a friend by this way. I know the way i am using is not right but i dont know what should i do because some person told me that internet friend is not a true friend but i dont have other way please read


my story.

I am 24 year male
During my childhood when i was around 3 years old my mother was sewing some cloths with a needle. Unfortunately my mother happens to be sitting so close to me that she accidentally injured my eye unknowingly. As she was not aware of my sitting to close, this was the most tragit incident that left me and my right eye to much badly injured leaving my right cornea totally damaged that i had to live a life of same and dishonor. The community where i used to live in was a community of rural and uncivilized people who frequently tortured me by telling me hurting words about my disability. The time of sadness and depression was to long for me telling from spanning from my childhood to my youth. Being a son of a forest guard i was so poor that i could not even afford a artificial eye. This took me almost 6 years of handwork to bye artificial eye and me. I hope that this much of chapter as regards my life would help u to understand me more closely. I think the words even are proved to be light and useless to explain that trauma of my life and my sufferings.
With Regard
Ajay Singh Rajput
61,Yahoda Nagar Behind Electronic complex
Indore (M.P.) INDIA


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