Strabismus is a vision condition in which a person cannot align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions.
One or both of the eyes may turn in "cross eyed" (esotropia), out "wall eyed" (exotropia), up (hypertropia) or down (hypotropia).
An eye turn may be constant (when the eye turns all of the time) or intermittent (turning only some of the time, such as under stressful conditions or when ill). Whether constant or intermittent, Strabismus always requires appropriate evaluation and treatment.
Strabismus most often develops in infants and young children although it can occur in adults. It is estimated that up to 5% of all children have some type or degree of Strabismus.
Treatment for Strabismus
In most cases the problem does not improve on its own as the child grows. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the eye turn and may include:
- Vision Therapy (Non-surgical approach)
- Eye muscle surgery
Vision Therapy can in some instances correct the Strabismus muscle. Surgery can sometimes straighten the eyes, but a program of Vision Therapy is often necessary to restore full visual function..
Debbie had headaches and double vision.
"After vision therapy headaches & double vision disappeared... also achieved better hand & eye coordination. This was 18 months ago. We are pleased with the therapy she has received. It helped her in sports (basketball and tennis).
We do not know of any children with similar problems, however should we run across such a person we will be sure to recommend you." (1989)
(Update from Dr. Kageyama in 2010)
She went on to attend medical school. She completed two pediatric residencies and is now in
practice as a pediatric oncologist."