What is a lazy eye?

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What is a lazy eye?

Lazy eye is a term I hear often, but frankly, I've been doing pediatric ophthalmology for 25 years. I've written over a hundred articles and many textbooks on the subject. I don't know what lazy eye is. Lazy eye sometimes refers to a droopy eyelid. Sometimes it refers to an eye that drifts out occasionally. Lazy eye means, sometimes, I can't see out of one eye. This term lazy eye is a general term for something is wrong. It's not a specific diagnosis. In general, lazy eye means that I'm not seeing well out of one eye, and it's because this eye needs glasses. Lazy eye or any eye problem in a child, the critical issue is quick treatment. Get the treatment as fast as possible. That baby is developing vision in areas of the brain. If you don't have normal stimulation, you are going to have damage and you are not going to be able to fix it later on.
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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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