What is Strabismus?
Strabismus Treatment in Chicago
Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes in which one or both eyes may turn inward, outward, up or down. Strabismus is also called “wandering eye” or “crossed-eyes”. Strabismus is one of the most common eye problems in children, affecting almost 5 percent of children under the age of 6.
In many children, there is no clear cause of strabismus. There are six different muscles that surround the eyes and work together so that both eyes can focus on the same object. For someone with strabismus, the six different muscles that surround the eyes and typically work together so that both eyes can focus on the same object, do not work together. As a result, one eye looks at one object, while the other eye turns in a different direction and is focused on another object. When this happens, two different images, one from each eye, are sent to the brain. This confuses the brain, and the brain may learn to ignore the image from the weaker eye. Strabismus is a common condition among children but it can also occur later in life.
Symptoms of Strabismus
- The eyes appear to be crossed
- The eyes do not align in the same direction
- There is visible indication that the eyes do not move together in coordination
- An individual experiences double vision
- An individual experiences vision in only one eye
- An individual experiences a loss of depth perception
Treatment for strabismus may include eyeglasses, prisms, vision therapy, or eye muscle surgery. If detected and treated early, strabismus can often be corrected with excellent results. Since a young child may not recognize a problem with their vision, parents are strongly urged to bring their children in for an eye doctor appointment every 6 months to ensure good eye health and to prevent any eye disorders.
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