What is a lazy eye? It’s a condition that causes one eye to turn either inward or outward as opposed to allowing the affected eye to work in concert with the stronger eye. It’s also something that affects numerous people from all walks of life. Known by the medical term “amblyopia,” it is a condition that often affects people when they are very young. More often than not, people are either born with the condition or they are affected by it by the time they turn seven years old. In some rare cases, the condition doesn’t present itself until a child is actually much older, sometimes even when they are a teenager. The cause isn’t yet fully understood, but it is known that it occurs when the brain doesn’t utilize signals from each eye equally. In short, it is often a neurological problem and not just a vision problem, even for celebrities.
Treatment for Amblyopia
The treatment can vary somewhat and is sometimes more successful than others. It often revolves around patching the “good” eye in an attempt to make the other eye work better with the brain. The hope is that this will retrain the brain to work better with the affected eye. In some cases, glasses can be used effectively and in others, surgery is necessary to correct the issue. Unless the condition is severe, some people choose to simply live with it as opposed to having an operation. You might be surprised to know that there are actually plenty of celebrities who suffer from lazy eye. Sure, Hollywood is all about fame, glamor and absolute perfection, but that doesn’t mean that some of your favorite walkers of the red carpet don’t struggle with many of the same issues you struggle with. This is just one of them. If you’re still not convinced, here is a list of 20 celebrities who have a lazy eye. It’s only fair to note that some of them have a more pronounced condition than others. You’re likely to have noticed some of the names on this list in the past. In some cases, you’ll probably be quite surprised. If you suffer from the condition yourself, this should give you hope that you too can have the life you have always dreamed of. If you’ve been held back by your knowledge that you suffer from this condition, now is your chance to take charge and realize that you’re in good company in the process. Without further adieu, here is the list that might surprise you.
1. Forest Whitaker
That’s right, the venerable Forest Whitaker has suffered from the condition for the majority of his adult life. As is sometimes the case, his condition has actually gotten worse with age. This has caused him to need corrective lenses in order to see well and it has also made the condition more pronounced as far as both physical symptoms and his appearance are concerned. Nevertheless, it has not stopped him from working consistently in Hollywood. As a matter of fact, he has taken it and turned it into something of a trademark. For him, it’s one of the things that makes him unique. As far as that end of things is concerned, he has openly said that he has no desire to change things and that his condition doesn’t really bother him that much.
2. Kate Moss
Model Kate Moss has been in countless numbers of projects over the years. If you look at pictures of her when she was younger (think teenager), her condition is actually quite obvious. She has received medical treatment for the condition, so it isn’t as noticeable now as it was when she was younger. That said, you can still tell that her eyes don’t always line up properly, especially during extreme close-ups or when she is tired and hasn’t had much sleep.
3. Heidi Klum
If you think that having this condition means that you can’t work in Hollywood, think again. Klum has been suffering with it for some time, yet she continues to be one of the most in-demand actresses in the business. She doesn’t seem to give the issue much thought. Perhaps that is precisely what has allowed her to excel in her career. As opposed to believing that her condition would stop her from achieving her dreams, she just worked that much harder and went on to accomplish great things.
4. Kristen Bell
Most people seem surprised to learn that Bell also suffers from this eye condition. The truth is, her condition is fairly mild, so you might not notice it unless you are actually looking for it. That said, there are some photos of her when it is more obvious that her eyes don’t line up evenly. It’s not always apparent, but it can be when she doesn’t feel well or it has been a long day.
5. Denzel Washington
Who doesn’t love Denzel Washington? He is easily one of the most beloved actors in the business. He’s also one of the busiest individuals in Hollywood, often doing one project after another. He’s also been described by many as something of a heartthrob. Clearly, the condition hasn’t had an adverse impact on his career. Like Forest Whitaker, his is getting more pronounced as he gets older, but it certainly hasn’t stopped him from getting some of the best roles, nor is it likely to in the future.
6. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is definitely one of the more controversial actors in Hollywood. Having gained a reputation for wanting things his way, he also has a reputation for being a good actor, all off-camera drama aside. He also has a lazy eye, something that more than a few people have noticed over the years.
7. Abraham Lincoln
Are you surprised that one of the United States’ most famous presidents also suffered from this condition? The truth is, he suffered from it for the majority of his life. That said, he clearly didn’t allow it to stand in his way.
8. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has long been regarded as one of the most attractive personalities in Los Angeles. In fact, many people have tried to emulate her appearance, even from the time that she was much younger. Her condition isn’t as noticeable, so a lot of people are quite surprised to learn that she has it. Truth be told, it’s something that she has had to deal with since she was a child.
9. Ryan Gosling
Few people would question Gosling’s ability to bring a significant amount of emotion to a scene on camera. As a matter of fact, individuals are often so enamored with his acting chops that they scarcely even notice that he has a lazy eye. It also helps that his condition isn’t particularly pronounced. Nevertheless, it is there and you can tell if you pay close attention.
10. Ashlee Simpson
She is a singer and an actress, one who has been lauded for her physical beauty. It comes as a surprise to most to learn that she has a lazy eye. In reality, she struggled with it quite a lot as a young child. In fact, it’s something that she had to work on in order to improve her vision. Today, her condition is much less noticeable, but it is still present.
11. John F. Kennedy
It might come as a surprise to learn that one of the United States’ most prolific and proactive presidents also suffers from the condition, but it’s true. Unfortunately, Kennedy suffered from a number of health conditions and this was only one of them. He also had serious back problems that caused him a great deal of pain, often to the point of leaving him unable to stand or even sit up properly. It’s interesting to note that the overwhelming majority of individuals never noticed that he had any vision problems at all, yet it is somewhat obvious in certain photos.
12. Demi Moore
This is another famous Hollywood actress that has been talked about for years because of her beauty. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of individuals seem to be so taken aback by her physical beauty that they never even noticed that she has one eye that doesn’t quite line up with the other. As far as she’s concerned, it’s never really caused her a great deal of problems so she doesn’t seem to give it much thought.
13. Hugh Grant
He is an actor that’s been in the business for decades. He also suffers from the condition and like some others, it’s one that gets worse as he gets older. That said, it doesn’t really seem to affect him or his ability to land a job, so it’s never really been a big deal for him.
14. Steve Buscemi
It’s interesting to note that Buscemi was a firefighter before he became an actor. Clearly, the fact that he suffers from this condition hasn’t stopped him from doing what he wants to do throughout his life. From running into burning buildings to being one of the most dependable character actors in all of Hollywood, he has achieved things that most people only dream of and he hasn’t allowed the condition to slow him down one bit, despite the fact that his condition is more pronounced than some on this list.
15. Taylor Lautner
He’s often regarded as one of the best looking young actors in Hollywood. He also suffers from this particular condition, just like a number of other celebrities. It’s not particularly pronounced and it certainly hasn’t slowed him down. If anything, most people that notice it consider it part of his charm and nothing more.
16. Barbra Streisand
For decades, she has been making waves as an actress and a singer that can belt out practically any note you give her. She’s never allowed the fact that she has a lazy eye to slow her down. Truth be told, most people are so impressed by her talent that they don’t even notice it exists.
17. Reba McEntire
When you think of Reba McEntire, you certainly don’t think of someone who has a lazy eye. As a matter of fact, you probably think of someone who is capable of singing humorous songs as well as some of the most emotional ballads you’re ever likely to hear. She’s also a self-proclaimed rodeo aficionado and she’s highly skilled around horses. It just goes to prove that this particular condition doesn’t have to slow anyone down, as it certainly hasn’t caused her any problems throughout her life.
18. Thom Yorke
You may not be immediately familiar with his name, but there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the group that he plays with, Radiohead. People in the know often proclaim him to be one of the most skilled musicians in the business. Having a lazy eye has not impeded his ability to read music or perform in any capacity.
19. Shannen Doherty
Again, you have a person who is often considered one of the most attractive people in Hollywood. During the 1990s, she starred on the CW drama “Charmed” and she has had a varied and successful career since then. Her condition is so slight that most people don’t even notice she has it. Furthermore, it’s something that she doesn’t really give any thought to. She just keeps going everyday without allowing it to impact her decisions about acting or anything else for that matter.
20. Charles Bronson
Bronson was widely considered one of the most skilled actors of his time. He might have had a lazy eye, but no one in their right mind would have had the nerve to go up to him and say anything about it. He never allowed it to stop him from accomplishing what he wanted, and neither should you.