There are many celebrities that have quirky features that make them unique.
Take Ryan Gosling for instance. This versatile actor is known for his good looks and exceptional talent, but if you look closely, you will notice his left eye drifts slightly to the left.
This is a condition known as amblyopia or lazy eye and Ryan Gosling is far from the only person, or only celebrity, that has it.
What is a Lazy Eye?
Also called amblyopia, lazy eye is caused by abnormal visual development during childhood. It results in reduced vision in one eye that makes the eye wander inward or outward.
The condition typically develops between birth and the age of seven. It is the leading cause of poor vision in children. It rarely affects both eyes.
What Causes a Lazy Eye?
Lazy eye can be caused by a variety of factors including the following:
Muscle Imbalance (Strabismus Amblyopia): Muscle imbalance is one of the most common causes of lazy eye. If the muscle that positions the eye is weak, it will cause it to turn in or out and it will interfere with how the eyes work together.
Difference in Sharpness of Vision Between Eyes (Refractive Amblyopia): Lazy eye can also be caused by differences in the vision of the eyes. It usually occurs when both eyes experience farsightedness, but it can also be due to nearsightedness or an uneven surface curve of the eye (astigmatism). Glasses or lenses can usually treat these refractive issues.
Deprivation: Deprivation is characterized by problems such as cataracts, that interfere with clear vision. When this condition develops in infancy, surgery may be necessary to prevent permanent vision loss.
The risk of lazy eye can increase due to:
Small size at birth
Is There a Way to Fix Lazy Eyes?
Fortunately, there are ways to fix lazy eye. These include the following:
Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses: These can be used to correct lazy eye due to a difference in the sharpness of vision between eyes.
Eyepatches: Eyepatches can be worn for a few hours a day over the dominant eye to strengthen the lazy eye. Bangerter filters have a similar effect. They are opaque filters that can be worn over an eyeglass lens.
Training: Certain exercises can be used to strengthen the weak eye. These typically involve iPad games and activities such as jigsaw puzzles and drawing pictures.
Surgery: Surgery will be effective in treating lazy eye caused by a squint, droopy eyelid, or cataract. It adjusts the length or positioning of the eye muscles.
What Other Celebrities Have Lazy Eyes?
Ryan Gosling is far from the only celebrity that has a lazy eye. Here are some others who also have the condition.
Penelope Cruz: If you look closely, you will notice that Penelope Cruz’s eyes appear to be looking at two different things.
Zac Efron: Like Gosling, Efron’s left eye goes just slightly to the left.
Paris Hilton: You may not have noticed, but Hilton’s left eye is positioned more closely to her nose than her right.
Kate Moss: They say that the world’s most beautiful women are often characterized by a unique trait. Could Moss’s lazy eye be hers?
Hugh Grant: Grant’s lazy eye is far from the only thing that gives him charm.
A lazy eye isn’t easy to deal with. But there are many people who have had the condition and went on to become highly successful as well as those that are considered among the most beautiful and sexy in the world. It just goes to show you that you should never let anything hold you back.