Basic Information About Strabismus and Lazy Eye

Lazy eye is a condition where one eye does not see well and the brain prefers to only use the image provided by good eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes in which one eye turns in, turns out, or even drifts up. Currently, lazy eye is treated by patching the good eye with an adhesive patch for many hours a day. With strabismus the good eye will also need to be patched, but the patient might also need surgery. If you do not treat strabismus or lazy eye early in life then the good eye will become permanently dominant and the bad eye will not be able to be improved. Strabismus can be constant or it can come and go. In America 3-4% of children have strabismus or lazy eye.  

Boy with lazy eye