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Question:
Can a person who has a lazy eye wear contacts?

Answer:
Yes, a person who has a lazy eye may wear contact lenses. Most ophthalmologists use the term "lazy eye" to denote a condition where an eye has not developed normal visual potential from childhood, while the fellow eye is usually normal sighted. Despite glasses or contact lenses, the best corrected vision in such an eye is limited. The eye may or may not be aligned properly with the fellow eye (crossed in or crossed out). Some people incorrectly use the term "lazy eye" to describe an eye that is not aligned properly with the fellow eye (as above). In either case most people with either form of "lazy eye" can wear contact lenses, but the vision may not be as sharp as desired and the misalignment may or may not be improved.

Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DO Wayne Bizer, DO

Categories: Children's Eye Health, Eye Conditions, Vision Correction

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Answered: Sep 24, 2012

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