Does your child /loved one have an eye that drifts inward or outward?
Does your child have difficulty in sports?
Is there a history of lazy eye in your family?
Have you been told you have poor depth perception?
Six different muscles surround each eye. These muscles must work together so that both eyes can focus on one object.
In a child with strabismus, these muscles do not work together as they should which can cause the eyes to focus on different objects or points. When this occurs, each eye sends a different image to the brain. This can cause poor vision overall and also can greatly interfer with learning and reading.
Vision therapy is often and effectively used for strabismus (commonly called esotropia or exotropia). If you have eyes that do not properly work together, you may have had eye surgery. Unfortunately for many, eye surgery is not always effective in treating strabismus. Many find that after surgery their problem still persists.Once binocular vision is obtained through vision therapy, the chance of the eyes drifting again decreases. By using specifically designed vision therapy procedures, it is often possible to control eye teaming and produce depth perception without surgical intervention.
Unfortunately, children do not outgrow strabismus (esotropia or exotropia). If you suspect that your child has this condition, please contact our our office to have your child evaluated by one of our pediatric optometrists.