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Strabismus and Amblyopia

Strabismus, also called wandering eye or crossed eyes, can occur within 6 months of birth. It can also be acquired during adult life. We strive to preserve vision and restore binocular vision by straightening the eyes through a variety of treatments.

Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, occurs in childhood and can result from strabismus or unequal prescriptions in the two eyes. Early detection is critical in reversing amblyopia at its earliest stage.

Your doctor will review your medical history and examine your eyes and will recommend steps to treat the cause of strabismus and amblyopia, as well as alleviate the visual effects. In adults, for example, perhaps high blood pressure could be lowered, or diabetes managed more successfully, or prism glasses can be prescribed.

In some cases, we perform strabismus surgery to weaken or strengthen specific muscles in one or both eyes. A muscle that is too strong can be disconnected and reattached further back on the eye to weaken its effect. Alternatively, a weak muscle can be strengthened by either shortening its or changing its position on the eye.