Strabismus Surgeon - Dr. Casey
also called a “crossed eye”, is a condition in which the eyes are
misaligned. Eye position is controlled by six muscles, called
extraocular muscles, which surround the eye. Strabismus is most often
caused by one or more of these muscles pulling either too hard or not
hard enough. While one eye gazes straight ahead, the other may point
inward, outward, up or down. Strabismus is commonly congenital, or
develops in young children, though it may develop in adulthood as
well. It is often hereditary.
Strabismus symptoms may include:
Eyes pointing in different directions.
Weakened depth perception.
Double vision, particularly in adults.
Strabismus is often visually evident (by the
misalignment of the eyes), and sometimes is noticed by a parent before
diagnosed by a physician. Some types, however, are very difficult to
identify. There are also cases of pseudostrabismus, in which an infant
or toddler appears to have inwardly-crossing eyes, but is actually
exhibiting incomplete facial development; this requires no treatment,
and remedies itself with further growth. If strabismus goes untreated
in children, it often develops into amblyopia (lazy eye), in which the
brain ignores images coming from the weak eye, rendering a person
effectively blind in one eye. For this reason, all children should be
checked by a physician for strabismus by age three or four. Children
with a family history of the condition should be examined even earlier.
Corrective lenses are a common initial treatment and
sometimes glasses alone will be effective. More often than not
however, surgery is necessary to correct strabismus. Surgery involves
adjusting the extraocular muscles in one or both eyes so that the eyes
point in the same direction. Strabismus surgery is generally a safe
and common procedure, and is often the only way to effectively treat
If you are experiencing any symptoms of strabismus, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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