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Gregory A Meetze


Are lazy eyes genetic?

I suffer lazy eyes when I was a little kid. Now I’m pregnant and just wondering if my child is more likely to have a lazy eyes. I want to know so I can get him or her checked out early if necessary. Thanks in advance!
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    Most of people misunderstand that lazy eyes are genetic and go families. But that is not exactly true. How to say, lazy eyes obviously can be caused by some genetic component. But it is not a determining factor. I saw some people children with lazy eyes, but they have no family history. So, I think lazy eyes may mainly depend on environmental factors.
  • Austin


    It wouldn't be technically, but it's one determining factor. Normally, the lazy eyes would occur if there is any family member has it. The lazy eyes are known as amblyopic, which is a common eye problem among infants. There are two main types of lazy eyes. One is called refractive amblyopic, which means one eye is more nearsighted or farsighted than the other one, so that the eyes are hard to focus together. It's easy to treat this kind of amblyopic by asking the kid to wear eye patch for three to four hours daily to continue for two weeks at maximum. Another type of lazy eyes is strabismus amblyopic. It means both eyes wouldn't point the same object at the same place thus different images would send to the brain. However, the double vision occurs because the brain couldn't combine the two different images into one. The eye turn excise is a good way to treat this kind of lazy eyes.
  • george


    For your problem, I can say that lazy eye is not genetic. Lazy eye refers to the best corrected visual acuity is less than 0.9. It can be caused by obvious organic lesion formation or no obvious organic lesion. We know that good vision is not innate obtained, when the baby is born, the vision acuity is less than 1% of the normal people. With age growing, the binocular cells are constantly developing and improving. 1 to 5 years old is an important period of visual development, and visual development can be extended to 6 to 8 years old. If in this period, your vision can not have a normal development, visual cells have not normal stimulation, visual function remains in a lower level, and can not be corrected, and then it may make you have lazy eyes.