What is Strabismus?

The misalignment can occur in any direction, but is commonly known as a squint or being cross-eyed. This is caused by an imbalance between the muscles controlling eye movements. Strabismus can also be associated with a lazy eye also known as amblyopia.

How can strabismus be treated?

  • Eye exercises

  • Some people respond to simple daily eye tracking exercises that strengthen eye muscles and improve alignment.

  • Prisms
  • Temporary or permanent prisms can be placed onto your glasses, to compensate for the eye misalignment and improve double vision.

  • Surgery
  • Strabismus surgery aims to permanently correct the imbalance by repositioning the muscles of the eyeball. It also helps for cosmetic reasons in children and adults.

  • Patching:
  • Wearing a patch over the stronger eye can improve the sight in the eye with the squint. Please do not patch any eye without a proper eye investigation by an Ophthalmologist

  • Glasses :
  • Many children with a squint need glasses. The most common reason for glasses is that the child has long-sight which is causing one eye to turn inwards. The long-sighted glasses help the eyes to focus and may stop the eye turning. You may still notice the squint when the glasses are taken off.

 

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