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Understanding the Difference Between Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes

Patients who are experiencing issues with their vision need to be seen regularly by an ophthalmologist who can perform routine eye examinations. When individuals are diagnosed with conditions such as crossed eyes and lazy eyes, or “strabismus and amblyopia,” they may be unsure as to what can be done and how they impact their vision. Dr. Steve Thom of Thom Eye and Laser Clinic is pleased to evaluate patients for these conditions and educate patients on how to address these issues.

Strabismus, or cross eye, is a problem with the alignment of the eye. Patients with strabismus have eyes that do not look at the same place at the same time. However, patients with amblyopia, or lazy eye, may have issues directly with their visual acuity. The eyesight may be impacted in one or both eyes depending on the severity of the condition. Both strabismus and amblyopia can be addressed with the help of an ophthalmologist and can be treated at any age.

Symptoms of strabismus and amblyopia

The symptoms of cross eye may include:

  • Double vision
  • Poor depth perception
  • Eye strain, fatigue, or pain
  • Blurry vision

Amblyopia can cause other symptoms, such as:

  • Poor depth perception
  • Clumsiness
  • Squinting of the eyes
  • Head tilting
  • Eye strain and fatigue
  • Difficulty catching or throwing objects

How are these conditions treated?

Once patients have received a diagnosis of one (or sometimes both) of these conditions, they can seek treatment with their eyecare professionals. Vision therapy can be  used to help enable patients to improve their strabismus, though others may require surgery to address the underlying functional vision problem in the eye. Patients with a lazy eye may consider using an eyepatch to help in correcting the condition but does not actually address the root of the problem. Vison therapy may be used alongside patching and vision correction options such as prescription eyeglasses.

Request an appointment today

At Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, patients of all ages can visit with Dr. Steve Thom, our ophthalmologist, who provides premier eye care solutions for patients in and around the community of Fargo, ND. Patients interested in booking a consultation visit with Dr. Steve Thom are encouraged to call the office at (701) 235-5200 to schedule their appointment. The practice is conveniently located at 2601 University Drive S.

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