Strabismus refers to eyes that are misaligned and point in different directions. It may always be noticeable, or it may come and go. The eyes may cross in, drift outward, or one eye may be higher than the other. When the eyes are misaligned, two different pictures are sent to the brain. In a young child, the brain learns to ignore the image of the misaligned eye. This causes loss of depth perception and binocular vision, and often “lazy eye” (amblyopia) results. Adults with misaligned eyes usually have double vision. Strabismus also can run in families, and it is NOT outgrown. As a child gets older, the chance of developing normal sight and binocular vision decreases.
Depending on the cause and type of eye misalignment, glasses, patching, eye drops, prisms and/or surgery may be recommended. Our pediatric team will evaluate if your child needs treatment.
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus website is a great resource for learning more about Strabismus and other conditions diagnosed and treated by pediatric ophthalmologists.
Yes. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the eyes are truly deviating, particularly if your child’s eyes do not deviate all of the time. If you have any question about your child’s eyes, it is important to have a full evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist.