Pediatric and Adult Strabismus

Strabismus is the term for when the eyes are not aligned. The condition occurs in both children and adults. Strabismus can be congenital (present from birth) or acquired from eye injury, diabetes, stroke and other conditions. Strabismus may manifest at first as double vision. If left untreated in children, it can lead to visual impairment. Therefore, early treatment is advocated.

Symptoms can include

  • Misaligned eye
  • Squinting one eye in bright sunlight
  • Head tilt
  • Altered depth perception
  • Double vision (typically in adults)

Strabismus Treatment

Treatment depends on severity and etiology: patching the good eye in children, eyeglasses, prisms and surgery.


Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is an eye condition that results in reduced vision. Patients with amblyopia may experience eye strain, squinting, headaches and overall poor vision. This condition is found in many children, and can significantly affect vision if left untreated. While many cases are caused by a misalignment of the eyes, amblyopia can be caused by a variety of other conditions such as imbalance in refractive error, significant drooping of the eyelids or childhood cataracts. Failure to detect  amblyopia can lead to irreversible vision loss.

SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE

  • Misaligned eye
  • Altered depth perception

Amblyopia Treatment

Treatment can vary: patching the good eye, eyeglasses, eyedrops and surgery.