Strabismus is a condition that causes a misalignment of the eyes. One or both eyes may be turned inward (esotropia or cross-eyes), outward (exotropia), up (hypertropia) or down (hypotropia). When left untreated, the connection between the misaligned eye and the brain will not develop properly. Wearing special eyeglasses may help straighten the eyes, but severe cases may require surgery.
In this post, your leading eye care provider, Vision Care Plus, discusses what you should do if your child is diagnosed with strabismus.
Children with family history, refractive errors or medical conditions like down syndrome and cerebral palsy are at higher risk of developing strabismus. The majority of the kids with the condition won’t complain about vision problems because they won’t notice differences in sight. Another person like you, their teacher, or an eye doctor will notice that their eyes are not properly aligned.
Your child may complain of seeing double or have difficulty with their vision in general. These problems can affect their ability to learn in school and their participation in extracurricular activities. If you notice your child squinting a lot or turning or tilting their head when looking at things, these signs may also indicate strabismus.
For some patients,wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses is all that’s needed to align the eyes. If further intervention is needed, your child may be asked to wear an eye patch over the stronger eye so only the weaker eye can see. This will allow the muscles on the misaligned eye to grow stronger. Children who don’t want to wear an eye patch may be prescribed atropine eye drops, which temporarily blur the vision of the stronger eye.
In severe cases, eye muscle surgery may be required. This will loosen or tighten the muscles of the weaker eye.
Importance of Eye Exams
Early detection of strabismus increases the chances of correcting the problem. That’s why it’s important to regularly have your child’s eyes examined by trusted and reliable eye care experts like Vision Care Plus. We also specialize in prescription eyewear and contact lenses. Call us at (844) 201-5900 or complete our online form to set your appointment. We help patients in Camrose and Leduc, Alberta.