Originally Posted by tammyswanson
But this thing about the lazy eye, I had 2 eye operations when I was 3 and 4 for the same thing. My one eye would 'drift'. I still have a 'lazy eye', the operations did nothing for it except traumatize me about going to the doctors. I still remember them 'putting me under', it was one of my earliest memories.
Surgery could be used to correct a drift, but as far as I know it can't be used to correct a lazy eye, which has to do with the brain and not a physical eye issue. So, that might explain why you're still left with a lazy eye. Did they at least correct the drift?
Sorry, you had to go through that trauma. I had to have stitches in my eye cavity when I was 3 and they couldn't do freezing in that area, so they had to strap me down and do the stitches without any freezing and I screamed and screamed. I have a nightmare about it occasionally. So I can relate!
Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama
Honestly, I didn't even know they did surgery for something like that. A few kids in the neighborhood I grew up with had it and they saw a doc who did some sort of vision training or something like that. I don't really know the specifics because it was a long time ago. I do recall this going on during elementary school though, so they must not have applied to the under five rule in correcting itself.
Surgery is an option for "strabismus" (misaligned or deviating eye), to correct the eye's alignment. As far as I know, surgery is not an option for "lazy eye", which as I said before, is NOT the same as a misaligned/deviating/drifiting eye. Misaligned/deviating/drifiting eyes can lead to lazy eye, but having lazy eye on its own does NOT mean you have a misaligned/deviating/drifiting eye. A lazy eye has to do with the brain, not a physical issue with the eye.
For anyone interested in further reading, the Wikipedia page isn't too bad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblyopia