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Definitions and diagnosis of strabismus/amblyopia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 26, 2007
  • 11:24 PM

Hoping someone can help. I had eye surgery to correct what I am told was "lazy eye" when I was really young (3 or so, I don't remember it - I say 'I am told' as I don't know the details and have read online that it is sometimes called that when it shouldn't be. So I can't say for sure what the problem was).

Now I'm 27 and I know one of my eyes wanders outward, which is a huge cause of awkwardness for me and makes me super self-conscious. I don't have glasses or contacts and actually, I'm kinda scared to go see someone (maybe it's a childhood trauma). I'm starting at least to research it on the internet. Looking up 'lazy eye' gives me 'amblyopia', but I've also found 'strabismus' for 'deviating/wandering eye'. So what's the difference? I read that strabismus may be easily noticed (which my problem is), but amblyopia may not (and is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses, eek!). I don't have double vision or headaches and I can see things in 3D and judge distances (I think), and I can actually turn my eyes to look 'normal' if I try, it's just that the vision in my 'bad' eye is terrible and so I can't see much even if I try and make it look okay.

So I'm wondering what the problem is - strabismus or amblyopia. I think it's at least the former (as it seems to fit the definition of exotropia, a type of strabismus) but how does the latter present itself? Do contact lenses help? What does surgery involve? And who in Canada can I go to in order at least to get contacts if that helps, an optician, opthalmologist, or someone else?

Any help gratefully appreciated.

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