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Why can't I move my left eye left?

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Old 05-12-2011, 12:36 PM
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Default Why can't I move my left eye left?

I can move my right eye in all directions and when I do I can feel a physical sensation of the muscles flexing. I can move my left eye up, down, and left and i can feel the same sensation but when I try to look left I get nothing. No physical sensation and my eye doesn't move.

I've been unable to move my left eye left as long as I can remember, since before I was a grade-schooler. I'm a young adult at 22 years old.

If you know what this is called medically and know of any possible treatments I would appreciate it. Thank you.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:17 PM
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Default Left Eye Won't Move Left

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I can move my right eye in all directions and when I do I can feel a physical sensation of the muscles flexing. I can move my left eye up, down, and left and i can feel the same sensation but when I try to look left I get nothing. No physical sensation and my eye doesn't move.

I've been unable to move my left eye left as long as I can remember, since before I was a grade-schooler. I'm a young adult at 22 years old.

If you know what this is called medically and know of any possible treatments I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Hi there Illuminate. Welcome to Lens 101.

I've never heard of the condition you described, so I did what anyone else would do. I Googled it. Well, Google didn't tell me anything I really needed to know. There was a lot of stuff about Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, though.

I guessing that because you've had this condition for about ten years or so that you've had medical examinations before. Specifically when the doctor tells you to follow his finger with your eyes. That should have got his attention. I'd be very surprised if he didn't say anything.

You probably should make an appointment with an eye doctor just to be reassured in your own mind that you're okay, and if you're not, you might be able to get this fixed. Let us know what happens, okay?
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:20 AM
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I can move my right eye in all directions and when I do I can feel a physical sensation of the muscles flexing. I can move my left eye up, down, and left and i can feel the same sensation but when I try to look left I get nothing. No physical sensation and my eye doesn't move.

I've been unable to move my left eye left as long as I can remember, since before I was a grade-schooler. I'm a young adult at 22 years old.

If you know what this is called medically and know of any possible treatments I would appreciate it. Thank you.
I don't know what grade school is so don't know how long you've had this problem but if you think it's something that may have effected you all your life it could be due to the muscles in the eye. I can't remember the medical name for it but basically the muscles that control the movement on one side of the eye are too short or aren't positioned in the right place on the eyeball therefore when you try to move your eye to the opposite side, there isn't enough stretch to allow it to move. However, I would have thought this would have been picked up on at some point earlier in your life.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:25 AM
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Default Strabismus Since Grade School

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I don't know what grade school is so don't know how long you've had this problem but if you think it's something that may have effected you all your life it could be due to the muscles in the eye. I can't remember the medical name for it but basically the muscles that control the movement on one side of the eye are too short or aren't positioned in the right place on the eyeball therefore when you try to move your eye to the opposite side, there isn't enough stretch to allow it to move. However, I would have thought this would have been picked up on at some point earlier in your life.
I think the condition you're thinking of and that Illuminate is describing is called "strabismus." It's defined as "any condition in which the eyes are not parallel--whether one eye turns or wanders in or out, or up or down."

Oh, and "grade school" means anytime between first and eighth grade. Before that is kindergarten and after grade school comes high school.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:43 AM
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Oh, and "grade school" means anytime between first and eighth grade. Before that is kindergarten and after grade school comes high school.
Thanks for that NYGiants, over here we have nursery, primary and secondary schools and years instead of grades.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:22 AM
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I think the condition you're thinking of and that Illuminate is describing is called "strabismus." It's defined as "any condition in which the eyes are not parallel--whether one eye turns or wanders in or out, or up or down."

Oh, and "grade school" means anytime between first and eighth grade. Before that is kindergarten and after grade school comes high school.
This is a great site. Who know you could learn about school systems in another country on a site called Lens 101?
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