What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is the medical term used to describe the condition where both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time. It is also referred to as crossed eyes. The eye may turn in, out, up or down depending on the muscle(s) responsible for the strabismus. The turned eye may be present all of the time or it may only appear when a person becomes fatigued or stressed.

What are the Symptoms of Strabismus?

Double vision is a primary symptom. Strabismus may become worse without treatment. Eventually, the brain may cut off nerve signals to one of the eyes leading to a permanent condition known as amblyopia.

How Common is Strabismus?

People with a family history of strabismus, large refractive errors or those with medical conditions such as Down syndrome are at a higher risk for strabismus.

What Causes Strabismus?

Strabismus is usually the result of poor eye muscle control or large amounts of farsightedness. It can also develop as a result of injuries to the eyes.

When does Strabismus Occur?

Strabismus usually develops in children usually by age 3. Older children and adults can also develop strabismus.

How is Strabismus Diagnosed?

Diagnosing strabismus begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. During this exam, your doctor uses tests to evaluate the alignment of your eyes and overall eye muscle ranges.

How is Strabismus Treated?

  • Eyeglasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Vision Therapy
  • Eye Muscle Surgery