What is strabismus and how is it treated?

There are many conditions that can affect one’s vision and eye health. One of them that can be extremely worrisome is that of strabismus. Strabismus is a vision disorder that causes misalignment of the eyes. It is more commonly seen in children, but can impact adults as well. It can make it difficult to focus, resulting in double vision, and can cause headaches and eyestrains due to the eyes not working together to provide images to the brain. The two types of strabismus that may be diagnosed include estropia (eyes turning inward) and exotropia (eyes turning outward).

What causes strabismus?

Some patients are born with strabismus. It can have a genetic components and can also be linked in children with other conditions such as cerebral palsy or hydrocephalus. If it is not treated early enough, it can result in lazy eye, or amblyopia. Others develop the problem later on in life due to eye muscles that are unable to keep the eyes properly aligned. Individuals who are extremely farsighted may also have focusing issues that can contribute to the development of strabismus. To diagnosis this condition, a typical eye exam can be performed. The doctor may also request MRI scans of the eye sockets and orbits to make a definitive diagnosis.

How is strabismus treated?

Depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient, the various treatments recommended may include:

  • Orthoptic exercises
  • Use of eye patches
  • Specialized eyeglasses
  • Surgical interventions

What should I do if I suspect strabismus?

The first step is getting a proper diagnosis before talking to a professional about the best treatment option available. Dr. Steve Thom and his team can perform eye examinations and evaluations to catch the signs and symptoms of conditions such as strabismus.

Schedule an appointment today with Thom Eye and Laser Clinic

Fargo, ND area patients who are interested in learning more about their vision health or suspect eye conditions such as strabismus should contact Dr. Steve Thom to discuss their needs. Our ophthalmologist and his associates are experienced and compassionate in providing care for new and current patients. Call the office at (701) 235-5200 to request an appointment at 2601 University Drive S for premier eye care.

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