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What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. It typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles that prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space and preventing proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception.

Strabismus can be either a disorder of the brain in coordinating the eyes, or of one or more of the relevant muscles' power or direction of motion.

Strabismus Symptoms

Symptoms include:
Crossed eyes
Double vision
Eyes that do not align in the same direction
Uncoordinated eye movements (eyes do not move together)
Vision loss in one eye, includes a loss of the ability to see in 3-D (loss of depth perception)

Strabismus Diagnosis and Treatment

A comprehensive examination of the eyes is typically recommended (along with an independent physical examination.) Tests will be done to determine the strength of the eye muscles.

Eye tests include:
• Retinal exam
• Standard ophthalmic exam
• Visual acuity

A neurological examination will also be performed.

Treatment involves strategies to strengthen the weakened muscles and realign the eyes. Glasses and eye muscle exercises may be prescribed. If the condition is caused by a lazy eye, the doctor may prescribe an eye patch. Some children may need surgery.

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