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Anyways, the guy and his mom were both cross-eyed w/ a wandering eye. So the mom went to get something she left and the guy was just. I've had a lazy eye since I was born and was bullied about it in school .. In the horror movie "May", which was written by a man with a lazy eye, the main You'll mainly find us on the Water Cooler message board. Offcourse i have had alot of trouble in the dating scene due to my eyes and confidence. Eye muscle repair is surgery to correct eye muscle problems that cause strabismus (crossed eyes).
Everything about my eye has held me back, and some people think that I'm being, "lazy". I wear sunglasses so I can have better confidence to talk to people but I still find myself getting rude comments about that, so it's almost as bad. I try and act cool about it when I talk to people but in all reality I am so insecure about it. It took a child to show me this, but she asked me why my left eye was looking the wrong way?
So I explained to her my situation and she told me, "That's okay! I'm amber and I'm I've recently started college in August. Out of my two brothers and I, I got the short end of the stick.
I got all the bad genetics. My eye sight is terrible. Over the years I've noticed my eyes go outward instead of straight. And I have a lazy eye. No one knows how this makes me feel.
I can't look people straight in the face. I just feel like this will happen for the rest of my life. My mom and grandma don't believe me. My doctor doesn't say anything. I just want a normal life. I recently got some contacts to try and help it but it feels like it's getting worse. Today I feel very depressed so I ask my self why and as usual it's my lazy eye making me down. I find my lazy eye gets very sore that it's so uncomfortable and I just have to sleep.
Tomorow is a new day and I'll do better than today. I didn't know there was so many ppl with the same problem when I was 5 the doctors told my mom that I need to wear glases just so I could correct my eyes and than I wouldn't have to wear them when I got older but I didn't like them my brother had the same problem he didn't like em either so we would break each others glasses and now I regret I'm now 23 years old and still have the same problem I just scheduled a consolation at lasik to see if that's a option for me.
I don't kike glasses because without em ppl already look at my eyes because I have color eyes but when I wear my glasses my eyes look huge grr I hate it but wush I listened to my mom when I was younger: I'm 19 years old and i always have had strabismus. My parents decided to not operated me when i was little.
I always have had to wear glasses since i was three, i think glasses only help me a bit with my condition.
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I never received bullying in school, but of course people have insult me sometimes. I have been called ugly a looot of times and unfortunately it affects me. Although i practically have had a easy life, my condition have always been present in my day to day. I can't look to people in the eye and i am really uncomfortable in the new social situation, for me is really difficult to make friends.
For example I have been going to Japanese classes for nine months and i haven't made any friends. I'm always very nervous talking to new people because i don't want that they notice my uneven eyes and they say me something that can hurt me. I have spent my life trying to avoid any social situation that can hurt me because of my eyes.
This is really sad because i don't have the confidence to try to get me a boyfriend i have never had one.
I don't have even the confidence to let my friends see me without glasses expect on the beach when we go swimming. One year ago I decided that i wanted to operate my eyes, but now all i want is to be happy and accept myself. It's hard for me because i'm very insecure but idk i think all people can change. I want to be a strong person and dominate the bad thoughts i have about how i look.
My insecurities are making me loss a lot of good opportunities like knowing new people or travel and grow as a person. I don't want to spent my youth lamenting me for my eyes or wondering how my life would be if i had normal eyes. I never speak about how i feel about my eyes so I thought this would be a good opportunity for it. With this reply i only want to share my thoughts with other like me. Im 27 years old women, I have lazy eyes since I was 5 after a serious fever.
Being sad, being hurted, bein disapointed, been through everything you guys have so I understand very much the feeling.Sex and Dating Hacks for Him and Her  "How to Be Cross Eyed"
I have a question, can I have driver lisence in US since I have officially blind left eye? Is it still strictly for those who has lazy eye? I still can drive and I passed the driving test in my country but I will go to NY for studying. Anw, should we have any private forum that we can join and tell about our story? I'm 50 and I believe I have Congenital Strabismus. Whatever it is, I've had double vision, bad depth perception, and an eye that doesn't move in alignment with the eye I happen to be looking through since i was born.
As a kid I did lots of exercises and stuff. Yeah, I got teased as a kid, and I still like to walk on people's left so I can look at them through my right eye. The good news--as I've grown older, my left eye is not as off as it used to be. These days I don't even notice it in the mirror most of the time, which is wonderful. To read books, I've always suppressed the left eye but this has gotten harder as I've grown older--the right eye that I've used all these years is now weaker than the left, so when I read books my eyes have no idea what to do.
However, reading on a laptop is easy as pie so I'm happy with that. If there was an operation I could have now that would clear it up cosmetically and visually, I wouldn't have it. Chances are, they say, I'd still see double, as I do now even with one eye closed. Anyway, I'm just saying the older I've gotten the less it's bothered me. I always feel like people are saying, "Gosh, you have pretty screwed up eyes.
Your lenses are massive. My parents tried to fix it with doctors without success. I was disrespected by other children similar to many of you, I had a very negative, sad personality as a young girl.
My right eye got further worse, at age 14 it was no really use to me anymore. Two years ago in the media was a woman car racer Maria De Villota who hit her head badly and she lost one eye. But she covered it with a nice "pirate patch", she didn't hide it but it is her uniqueness in a fashion way. I followed her in the media and watched all pictures. She looked very beautiful, it was funny to see a beautiful woman smiling with a pirate patch on her eye.
So I decided I was 16 I will give up to make my right eye work, I will accept it is blind and wear similar pirate patch and make it my style. I made 6 patches in different color and different textile and I choose one every morning to my clothes. It was difficult at start for my eye and brain but now it feels very usual, it adjusted. My mood become more positive. Since September I started university in another town and started new life with new friends.
They don't know the negative shy crossed eyed girl, they see me as an equal person. I feel much less inhibition, okay it is a new town, but also at home it is much better.
Maria De Villota died a year ago, but I will forever thank her for the hope and positive influence with her idea after her injury. I see stories in here just like mine. I was taken to a eye doctor from as young as i can remember. I think what he did was very professional, and it would be hard to find a better eye doctor.
I had one operation at the age of 4 done by this doctor. If I had of done everything he said to do and had a followup operation at the age of 16 I might of been almost fixed. However, i suffer all the same problems with life that you do. I avoid people as much as possible. Going to a dinner even with my family is traumatic and stressful for days before and after. I have had it all the?
I have had people look at me and laugh, smirk, look shocked, look sad and so on. It all adds up. I get very down and depressed but i wont take any medication for it.
I have not told anyone I am depressed, not even a doctor. I have a reason to be very depressed so I? The depression is not the problem my eye and being forced to interact with people is the problem. I also get bad anxiety, I have never told anyone. I am very introverted and i am fine with that. I struggle with almost everything, It? I can only talk about my particular case but from what I have been told and read - If you have some vision in your turned eye you can attempt to correct the turn with surgery in childhood.
Your brain takes images from your eyes and then joins the images together to make one image that you see. It will learn to do so with any alignment of your eyes when you are a child. Once you are adult your brain loses the ability to relearn this. Correcting the turned eye in adulthood with some vision in both eyes will most probably lead to double vision that the brain cannot adjust to form one image.
Ive been picked on, asked what im looking at, or your so beautiful but your eye looks weird. I have to always wear my contacts or glasses because i literally cant see without them. Im 18 yrs old and have been wearing glasses permanently ever since i was about 10 but wen i was 14 i realised that my left eye points outwards without my glasses. No one understands me they think im just lazy.
I'm 29, and I have been living with a blind eye and lazy eye due to glaucoma for most of my life. No one will truly understand the pain and discomfort that comes with dealing with this condition. Finding a job has been one of the hardest things to do, people take my lazy eye as a sign of weakness. I often feel as I get older, my self esteem, social presence, and patience has reduced in comparison to what it once was. I pray that some day, the science is made available to fix this problem with very little side effects.
Until then, I hope you all keep your heads up, put a smile on, and try to make the best of a bad situation. At least, we are able to type our feeling down and see what we are writting. I'm 20 years old and have lived with a lazy right eye my entire life.
I just discovered this message board, and it is quite a comfort to see that I am not alone. It is a difficult thing to cope with. I too have to deal with the strange looks, the glance over the shoulder, the "What are you looking at? I look down a lot. I avoid pictures, and when I can't avoid them, I take them at an angle.
You know what I'm talking about. But the most difficult part of this condition is, for me, the way people assume that something's wrong with me. I know there isn't. I know I'm a normal girl like anyone else. I just happen to have a weak eye. But it bothers me, so much, the way people sometimes speak to me.
Slowly, to make sure I can understand. And the looks I get! They range from judgmental no, I'm not making faces at you! I think the pity is the worst. I don't want pity. I don't want pity because I don't want to feel sorry for myself. It's easy to do. I do it all the time. Woah is me-I look strange. But I don't want to dwell on it, for a number of reasons. I don't want people to feel sorry for me- I want them to see me as normal, and for the to happen, I must view myself as normal as well.
I also feel selfish. It seems infinitely selfish to dwell on a flaw as small as a bad eye in comparison to the battles others fight every day. There are worse disfigurements than a lazy eye, and many of them are handled with more grace than I can claim to possess.
And most importantly, I don't want to feel sorry for myself because I refuse to allow my life to be dictated by my ing eye, for God's sake! But I will not be overcome. And so I try to view it as a gift. If I am going to be negatively affected by this thing, then I am going to at least be affected in a few positive ways as well.
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I have empathy because of it. Anyone fighting a battle against a deformity? Kind of, at least. And because I know how it feels to be socially ostracized for being "weird looking", I am infinitely slower to judge anyone. Because I understand, thanks to this affliction, that our faults are not our fault.
We can do nothing but attempt to live with grace and with an attitude of strength and fortitude. And one last good thing- the people I'm friends with? The small circle of people I'm really close to? They are the same way, by necessity. You have to be a sweetheart to look past and through a disfigurement, and I am so thankful for those that have. This has just been me thinking aloud and trying to deal with my own stuff, hopefully in a forum of people who can relate. It's one thing to be able to call this condition a blessing in disguise- it's another to feel it.
Especially when facing those confused, mildly freaked out faces every time I go out. It's good to know I'm not alone, and God bless. All these years I felt I was the sole victim of this visual disease lazy eye. I have a whole bunch of bravest people on earth with me.
Yes this disease is mentally difficult to cope up with but some brave people above has showed optimistic vibes. If people can find life and water on mars and much more things beyond our reach. I am scared about the day after everyday. Till the day I can see the world perfectly with both my eyes!!
I never new about it at all until a late age when I was about 12yo I think. By that time eye exercise was too late. I been dealing with this all my life and hope by now they will have a fix for it but I never hear of any yet. To help protect my good lift eye for getting bad I do get eye check up once a year, I wear proscription sunglasses with the sun protection screen when its a sunny day and eat a lot of carrots and green veg. This seem to help prevent eye headache and stress on my one good eye.
I just hope and pray I don't good blind when I'm much older. So far this have not affected my career I just have to watch my blood pressure. For all your how is younger then me do not let this stop your dreams. You can still live out your dreams and live a great life. I am 33 years old and had a pencil puncture my right eye when I was 4 years old. For whatever reason, my mother switched doctors 2 days after the injury and insisted upon my lens being removed but refused to allow the doctors to implant a lens onto the eye.
In they had me wearing a hard contact lens that hurt my eye to wear and tears constantly flowed from the uncomfortable contacts I was prescribed. I was also developing scar tissue which blocked my pupil making it super tiny and for some reason my eye is a different color and has wandered to the right since.
They tried fitting me with super ridiculously thick glasses that I was to wear with my contact in order to achieve the level of prescription I needed but even with it I could not see anything other than outlines of things and colors if they were bold anyways the glasses would not sit level on my face because the side of my good eye was fogged over and even even thicker than coke bottle lens on my bad side.
Needles to say patching didnt work without having a lens on my right eye. I quit wearing the glasses and contact at a young age. I went back to the same surgeon who had done an amazing job saving my eye and it truly is a miracle that I have vision in spite of the initial trauma and 30 years of having an aphakic eye. I don't have insurance so he has so very generously reduced the cost of surgery and I am making deposit payments layaway for my eye surgery.
He thinks he can fix it. Or at least give me a chance to have a backup if my good eye continues to worsen in its ability to see. He said I will have to do vision therapy for a few months. But I'm willing to do anything to improve the wandering lazy eye. So I'll look like a pirate for a while.
My eye has always turned but I not always at the right angle it stays in today. I used to not be so freaking afraid of people or as anti-social. I used to be embarrassed about it on occasion- now I feel humiliated and trying to talk to people even relatives who used to not notice the eye turning, to see them struggle with which eye to look at as they graciously refuse to look away or behind them like strangers do to know if my family can't tell I'm talking to them then I know the public will not either.
I work 2 jobs both dealing with the public and I am going to college full time as well. All these strangers looking around when I talk to them has me zoning into isolation and scarily low self esteem in spite of having made good grades.
I don't even bother trying to look people in the eye most of the time because they won't know that I am and then that's just going to make me feel worse So I look down or to the left or right or pretend to be looking at the register keys while talking to them.
Which by the way apparently is frustrating customers and my boss because a coworker asked about my surgery today and wanted to know if it is going to straighten my eye. I started to explain it and he cut me off and told me.
I just told him it bothers me too but his friends are very rude to have said that. Those things make you want to not even go out of the house. And I don't except to work and school though the entire time Im in public all I can think of is how to avoid looking at people.
Makes for some pretty bad company lately and I am wondering if I may need a straight jacket if I can't straighten my eye. I'm not intending for this to be a pitty party by any means- and there is some satisfaction during the most embarrassing moments of some people who yell at me or get angry when I'm looking at them and they demand me to look at them.
When I tell them Im blind in that eye- some seem to realize that they shouldn't judge. I realize that what people think should not matter- It didn't used to bother me. Now I am a hermit who works 60 hours with face to face stranger contact and spiraling self esteem.
Who's going to look like a pirate for a few months: I'm not writing this to whine or complain. I'm writing this because reading for the first time that other people have the same problems- lifted my spirits- I hope maybe someone else who feels alone and is struggling to find faith in themselves and humanity might find their spirits lifted as well by my letter. Keep your chin up- even if your eyes are down- and hang in there. Robert Gerald with Panhandle Eye Group is who is going to do my lens surgery and start me on vision therapy-- but if it doesn't work, I'm going to have the surgery for the lazy eye paid in full by making payments before the surgery and Ill post my results.
Dang I did not intend to write a freaking book!! Though I learned to cope with it doesn't mean I'm proud of what I see. Though I don't get teased as I'm an adult. I myself am bothered with it. I find that I stare at the mirror hoping I can find a way to straighten my left eye. I try to focus on other parts of my face. I like my lips and my dimples. And I can't help but wonder how I would look if both my eyes were straight I try and avoid eye contact not only with strangers but my close family and friends as well.
Not only this but I get headaches trying to focus and my si ght is getting worse I will be looking into procedures. Besides I am very young I have my dream and I am very put effort on my study to become a great person. I only have my mother to pay for my study, so I need your help and I don't want to lose my eye and my dream I was born like this an have been severely made fun of at school from 3rdth grade I have had very few friends all my life because this condition has caused me to be shy, introverted, have low self esteem, and an outcast most of the time.
However, in the end this has made me a very understanding, tolerant, resiliant, tough, and independent person.
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But like Pirateman said I truly believe that God or whoever created everything has blessed me with this eye condition Also, I can still drive perfectly anywhere without corrective lenses and can find anything with the help of a GPS.
Offcourse this took ALOT of practice to compensate for me low vision driving skills. I can see separately with both eyes which can be a helpful talent regarding peripheral vision in self defense and sports. Offcourse i have had alot of trouble in the dating scene due to my eyes and confidence. However, I have learned to compensate for that and boost my confidence by becoming a great salsa dancer, weightlifter, and runner But in the end this has taught me to become a very independent learner This has even led to me tutoring people who have perfectly good vision and no disabilities.
Currently i am going to school to be a math teacher Even after saying all this I read a lot of peoples entries and stories on this page, but I dont understand all the whining and complaining.
Yes it sucks not to see 3D movies. Yes it can affect depth perception and put us Amblyopers at a competitive sports disadvantage. Yes people do at a certain distance look at you and say you talking to me? This is how u deal with it people Tell them u like meat on the bone in your scripts and not sophomoric carnival ride clownish movies Play sports on large fields where you have time to use your brain more and be ready to react based on what you learn with practice rather than perception.
Now about those pesky idiots who say you talking to me? Yes who else would I be talking to? They will look bewildered Anyway stop whining and start seeing that this slight issue is nothing compared to what's out there.
My greatest fear is that I lose vision in my good eye Protect that good eye and try and live with yourself as best you can. Sometimes the surgery strengthens the muscle, and sometimes it weakens it. To strengthen a muscle, a section of the muscle or tendon may be removed to make it shorter. This step in the surgery is called a resection. To weaken a muscle, it is reattached to a point farther toward the back of the eye. This step is called a recession.
The surgery for adults is similar. In most cases, adults are awake, but are given medicine to numb the area and help them relax.
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When the procedure is done on adults, an adjustable stitch is used on the weakened muscle so that minor changes can be made later that day or the next day. This technique often has a very good outcome. The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes. Risks Risks for any anesthesia are: Reactions to anesthesia medicines Risks for any surgery are: Bleeding Some risks for this surgery include: Wound infections Damage to the eye rare Permanent double vision rare Your child's eye surgeon may ask for: A complete medical history and physical exam before the procedure Orthoptic measurements eye movement measurements Always tell your child's health care provider: What drugs your child is taking Include any drugs, herbs, or vitamins you bought without a prescription About any allergies your child may have to any medicines, latex, tape, soaps or skin cleaners During the days before the surgery: About 10 days before the surgery, you may be asked to stop giving your child aspirin, ibuprofen Advil, Motrinwarfarin Coumadinand any other blood thinners.
Ask your child's provider which drugs your child should still take on the day of the surgery. On the day of the surgery: Your child will often be asked not to drink or eat anything for several hours before the surgery.
Give your child any drugs your doctor told you to give your child with a small sip of water. Your child's provider or nurse will tell you when to arrive for the surgery.