Strabismus

Strabismus is when a person’s eyes don’t point in the same direction.  If not treated early in a child, it may cause a permanent loss of vision in an eye (amblyopia).  The eyes may turn in (esotropia), out (exotropia) or up or down (hypertropia).

 

There are different treatments for strabismus which are determined from the findings of the eye examination.  These treatments include glasses, patching the stronger eye to force the patient to use the weaker eye, eye drops or surgery.  Quite often more than one therapy may be needed.  In those cases when surgery may be required, it is almost always performed as an out patient procedure.  The type of therapy needed is determined by the characteristics of the patient’s eyes.