Strabismus

Strabismus is caused by the mis-alignment of the eyes and it usually happens in children between one and four years of age. If you would like to get that checked, please call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online today!
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Strabismus, or squint, is a misalignment of the two eyes, where the eyes are not straight or do not line up with each other. Strabismus affects about five percent of all American children. There are about 30 types of strabismus. Some children are born with it; the rest usually develop it between the ages of one and four because they are very farsighted or have a muscle imbalance between their eyes.

At Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates, we have a dedicated pediatric ophthalmologist who specializes in strabismus. We offer comprehensive medical and surgical eye care locally in Northern Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Butler Counties. We are conveniently located on Freeport Road in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. Call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online today!

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FAQs on Strabismus:

 

How is Strabismus Diagnosed?

Strabismus is usually obvious. In general, you’ll notice that one eye is straying out to the side while the other looks straight ahead. Your child may often close one eye in bright sunlight.

In infants, strabismus can be diagnosed by observing your baby focuses on an object with one eye, and see that the other turn inward or outward, or even up or down. The easiest way to see if your baby's eyes are in sync is to hold a toy about 12 to 16 inches in front of his or her face and move it back and forth. Both eyes should simultaneously track the toy. Regular eye examinations are a must for all children, starting at age three or four. 

A few other signs that may indicate a difficulty are:

  • inflamed or watery eyes
  • pus or discharge
  • constant head tilt to one side or the other
  • shutting or covering one eye

 

Consult our board-certified ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates earlier if you suspect any of these problems. 

 

Does Strabismus Progress?

For normal vision to develop during infancy and childhood, it's essential that the brain receives the same clear images from both eyes. The brain will shut off an eye that's receiving a blurry image because of a refractive error if the other eye is in sharper focus. If strabismus is not treated, the crossed eye "turns off" and becomes “lazy eye”, medically termed as amblyopia, which can cause blindness. 

 

Can Strabismus be Treated?

Strabismus can't be prevented, but it can be treated. Many cases of strabismus are detected at the age of six or more when it is almost too late for effective treatment. After the child is seven years old, vision loss can't be regained. That’s why it is important to seek help early. Consult us as soon as you see any signs or symptoms of strabismus. 

 

 

When Is Surgery Required for Strabismus?

When your child’s eye turns out, up or down, correction usually requires surgery. The Surgery aligns eye movements with the other eye by repositioning the muscle. Call our office or schedule an appointment online today to have your child evaluated by one of our ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates!

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