Children’s eyes are developing from the very first day of life. As this happens, it’s not uncommon to see some slight misalignment of the eyes as the child learns to focus on objects. However, when the misalignment is ongoing or worsening, it’s important to inquire about treatment. If there is an issue, early detection and treatment are vital to your child’s visual development.
The primary sign of strabismus is a visible misalignment of the eyes, with one eye turning in, out, up, down or at an oblique angle. This misalignment can be significant, called “large-angle,” or less noticeable, “small-angle.” Eventually, either type can lead to amblyopia or “lazy eye.” The condition can affect one eye or can alternate between the eyes.
Surgery may or may not be necessary – each case is unique and there are several factors that play into cases of misaligned eyes. In some instances, corrective lenses and other techniques can correct the issue. In other cases, a specific surgical procedure – or several over time – may be the appropriate treatment.
In some cases, the effects of having a lazy eye are mostly psychological. The individual feels embarrassed about the way he or she looks. There are also cases – especially when the misalignment is small – where the brain works hard to correct the problem. This can result in headaches, eyestrain, fatigue or double vision.
Generally, the earlier in life strabismus surgery is performed, the better the outcome. However, adults may benefit from this treatment. The factors are many and each patient is unique. We can give you a thorough assessment and answer any questions you have about your options for lazy eye correction.