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    pittpenguins87 posted:
    have had lazy eye since I was 5 years old and wore glasses from kindergarten to 6th grade. I am now 15 and haven't worn them in 4 years because I feel they make me insecure and not have confidence. Even from an early age I always wondered about contacts and I am worried about my (regretful) slacking on caring for my eye. I have normal vision in my right but my left is blurry and I appear to be only looking at the world through one eye, as if my face is centered only looking out of my right eye. I can see somewhat well with my left, but my form of lazy eye is slowly shifting my left eye in a different direction. I was wondering if there is some kind of contact lens that can work just like my glasses do, not really reversing and correcting my left eye's sight but keeping it looking straight and not slowly wandering.
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    Most of the improvement of a diagnosed lazy eye must occur before you are ten years old. This is done by placing the best eyeglass correction in front of that eye and usually patching the eye that is not lazy.

    Following early childhood, wearing or not wearing the glasses won't affect the degree of laziness of that eye very much i.e. after the age of ten, whether you use that eye for seeing or not won't cause it to be any better or more lazy.

    It is usually possible to substitute a contact lens for glasses in order to have the best possible vision for a lazy eye. This is often a good option because these eyes often require a thick eyeglass lens when the "normal" eye does not.


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