What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned and do not look in the same direction. Strabismus can be caused by a variety of factors, including problems with the eye muscles, nerve damage, or a difference in the refractive error between the eyes.

There are several types of strabismus, including esotropia (crossed eyes), exotropia (wall eyes), and vertical strabismus (eyes that are misaligned vertically). Strabismus can occur at any age, but it is more common in children.

Symptoms of strabismus may include double vision, eyestrain, and difficulty reading or focusing on objects. Strabismus can also affect a person’s depth perception and ability to judge distances.

Strabismus can be treated with eyeglasses, eye patches, eye exercises, or surgery. The appropriate treatment will depend on the cause and severity of the misalignment. Early treatment is important to prevent permanent vision loss and to improve the chances of successful treatment.

If you or your child has symptoms of strabismus, it is important to see an eye care professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. They can help to determine the cause of the misalignment and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.