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Strabismus – Diagnosis & Treatment

strabismusStrabismus is a condition in which the eyes do not properly align with one another, causing either cross-eyes or walleyes. Not only does this affect someone’s outward appearance, it also affects how he or she sees the world. It can affect one’s depth perception and can also cause eyestrain. At Vision for Life, strabismus comprises approximately 80% of our patient care.

Strabismus occurs when there is a faulty electrical signal from the brain to extra-ocular muscles of the eye, which results in poor two-eyed coordination. While strabismus can occur and is found in many children, it is particularly common in those with Down Syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. In order to confirm whether you or your child has strabismus or to determine the extent of it, there are a series of tests we offer at Vision for Life.

Along with outward appearance of misaligned eyes vertically, crossed, or outward; it is time to schedule a comprehensive vision exam with a developmental optometrist. To correct the problem with the most successful outcome, it is best to begin treatment as soon as possible once strabismus is diagnosed. Partnered with corrective eyewear, vision therapy can be very effective in treating strabismus.

Our vision therapy is a very structured, highly effective program that teaches the brain and the eyes to work cohesively. Vision therapy, combined with Photosyntonics or light therapy, works to enhance the proper electrical connection to the muscles of the eyes and uses a number of visual activities to increase focus and coordination of the eyes. After vision therapy, there will be a noticeable increase in the movement and focusing of the eyes, as well as keeping the eyes and brain working in unison.

The ultimate goal of vision therapy is to align the eyes without the assistance of surgery. Vision therapy is paramount for helping to strengthen the bond between the brain and the eyes, helping to keep them aligned and greatly improve depth perception. After all, the muscles in the eye are 100 times stronger than they need to be to perform their function. Our end goal at Vision for Life is for our patients to have the ability to see with binocular vision from any distance and in any direction. This can be obtained with vision therapy.

If you think you or your child could have strabismus, feel free to make an appointment with us at our newly remodeled, state-of-the art office for a comprehensive vision evaluation. If strabismus is diagnosed, we can discuss the option of vision therapy as a corrective method. It has been proven helpful for children as well as adults in correcting or improving those with strabismus. Whether you merely suspect the condition or have shown symptoms, you are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible by visiting our website form “Contact us” or calling us at 618-288-1489. The longer you wait, the more severe your symptoms may become. Start seeking relief today and let the Vision for Life team help!