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Blind in one eye

Hi, I'm Ana, and I'm 16. Due to a recent accident, my right eye is completely blind. My left eye is healthy and has good vision. However, I'm worried that my blind eye, my right eye, will start to wander and become "a lazy eye" due to the fact that it isn't used. Appearance- given my age- is important to me, and on top of my half-blindness, I don't want to have to worry about how my drifting eye looks! How can I prevent this from happening? Or, if it does end up happening, how can I fix it?

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My suggestion would be to try and not be critical about it. I am 16 too and still have strabismus/nystagmus (no muscle control) which gives me a loss of control over my eyes. Most people aren't going to look at what you look like on the outside but on the inside. I also hope you are okay considering you were in an accident. I have been legally blind since birth but if you have any questions or just want to talk my email is geneticswiz.rfa94@gmail.com


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Hey Ana, I'm 26 and have been blind in my left eye since I was 9 months old. I don't think there is much you can do about it. What I can say is my eye isnt that bad and its never made finding a girl or anything a problem. I dated a girl for 3 years and all my buddies were super jealous.

There may be times when it'll be hard but dont let anyone make you feel bad. The one thing I learned is your friends will always be there and stick up for you if you need it.


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hey ana ive been blind in my left eye since birth and i know how self conscious one can get. I however am not here to offer you any encouragement because im extremely self conscious lol. In any case being blind for me has made it extremely difficult to ask a girl out. Im planning on getting a glass eye in the future though if I do have success in my endeavors while being self conscious Ill let you know my technique Good Luck


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I've been blind in my left eye since i was a little girl. I'm 15 now. I have a lazy eye because i don't use it. If you're struggling that bad with it, there IS a surgery you can do that tightens the muscles around the eye so that it moves WITH your good eye. I had the surgery done a few months ago but since i was blind in that eye for so long, it didn't make it perfect. but it's barely noticable.


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Hey everyone- I'm 25, but blind in my right eye since birth. Understand being self conscious- definitely went through tough times with bullying etc. However- at 15 I did have the surgery to tighten the muscles to help it follow my "good" eye... I think it helped a little, but mostly helped my self confidence. Most people can't even tell- even after they have known me for years. Believe me- you are your own worst critic- when you are tired and look in the mirror and think your eye looks horrible- just remember everyone else doesn't notice it as much as you do. Once I realized that it was easier on me.


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I am currently 38 soon to be 39. I have been blind in my right eye since birth as well. Currently now have less than four feet in my left eye. I have had a few surgeries done on my eyes in the past the earliest done at age 3. The last two at age 19. The last two were just mainly to reduce the increased eye pressure from both eyes at the time reading was 35.


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I have been blind in my left eye since I was born (I'm 25). I had surgery to try and correct my left eye when I was 7 but it didn't work. I have a lazy eye that was made worse by the surgery. I was bullied because of my eye. And being blind I don't tell a lot of people. I was wondering if I would be abke to wear contact lens (I hate wearing glasses but i have really blurry vision with out my glasses


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