Proper vision is the result of a collaboration between your eyes’ muscles and your brain. When these two fail to work together, eye alignment problems, such as strabismus, may occur. Strabismus, or crossed eyes, is a condition in which both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time. If left untreated, this condition can lead to permanently reduced vision in one eye. Your expert eye doctor from Vision Care Associates explains what you need to know about strabismus:
Strabismus can develop when there are problems with the control center in the brain that directs eye movements, the nerves that transmit information to the eye muscles, or with the eye muscles themselves. Risk factors for strabismus include medical conditions like cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, a family history of strabismus, and uncorrected farsightedness. The two most common forms of strabismus are accommodative esotropia and intermittent exotropia.
An optometrist can diagnose strabismus through a comprehensive eye exam, and the testing for strabismus can include the following:
The eye doctor can ask the patient about their medical history and test the patient’s visual acuity. They will also evaluate the refractive power of the patient’s eyes and assess how well the eyes focus and move together. The doctor will also use various testing procedures to observe the eyes and examine them for signs of eye disease.
Strabismus Treatment Options
There are many treatment options for strabismus. Eyeglasses or contact lenses may be the only treatment needed for some patients, while some patients might have to use prism lenses. Prism lenses alter the light entering the eye and they can eliminate eye turning. The optometrist might also start vision therapy for the patient to train the patient’s eyes and brain to work together. Lastly, the doctor might recommend eye muscle surgether to change the length and position of the patient’s eye muscles.
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