STRABISMUS IS A WORD FOR EYES THAT ARE NOT STRAIGHT OR DO NOT LINE UP WITH EACH OTHER.

  • This problems is caused when the muscles of the eyes do not work together
  • About one in 50 children has strabismus
  • Half these children are born with the condition
  • An illness or accident may cause strabismus
  • If the problem is not found and treated it may lead to lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • It can also affect your child’s personality because the may look different and feel embarrassed

FINDING AND TREATING THE PROBLEM EARLY

  • Look for signs of lazy eye such as:
  • Favoring one eye
  • Tilting the head
  • An eye drifts or wanders when the child is tired, sick or in bright light
  • Your child tends to close one eye, especially in sunlight
  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Your child seems to blink too much
  • Your child holds things close to his or her eyes
  • Have your child’s vision checked one eye at a time
  • Remember treatment works best when lazy eye is found early
  • Child’s eyes should be checked shortly after birth, before starting school (age 3-4), and throughout the school years as needed

TREATMENT OF LAZY EYE

  • First the doctor must treat the cause of Amblyopia, Some common treatments include:
  • Glasses can correct focus or help eyes that are not lines up
  • Surgery on eye muscles can help straighten the eyes if other treatments don’t work. Surgery can help both eyes work together
  • Eye exercises may help the weak eye see better
  • Along with treating the cause, the doctor must help the weak eye grow strong again. Some ways to do so are:
  • Patching or covering the strong eye makes the “lazy” eye work harder
  • Your child may need to wear an eye patch for a few weeks or many months
  • Your child will have to visit the eye doctor regularly to see if the weaker eye is getting stronger
  • Patching works best in early childhood, but a doctor may recommend patching at any time
  • Medicines such as eye drops or ointment can be used instead of patching in some cases to blur the vision in the stronger eye
  • Glasses or contact lenses can also be use to blur vision in the strong eye, helping the weak eye work harder

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