Children with strabismus have misaligned eyes, including eyes that wander up, out (away from the nose), down, or in. The American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) estimates that 4% of the U.S. population has strabismus.
Strabismus does not always require surgery. In many cases, strabismus is caused by abnormalities in the way the brain controls eye movements. This gives us a clear path to obtaining successful alignment, as the brain plays a large role in developing and maintaining straight eyes. Complaints of double vision or signs of misalignment must be addressed right away, before the brain suppresses the images being received by the wandering eye.
Every child is different. Pediatric strabismus treatment can include glasses, patching, or eye muscle surgery. Successful treatment for a friend or family member with one particular therapy does not mean that same treatment will be successful for your child. Kids Eye Care of Maryland is one of the leading ophthalmology practices in the U.S., and we always create customized treatment plans for the unique needs of each individual child. After your child’s evaluation, our staff will explain the treatment plan which has been recommended, and you will learn more about the differences in therapy options.
Learn more about Pediatric Strabismus: AAPOS – Strabismus (misaligned eyes)