What is Strabismus?
We speak of strabismus when there is a loss of parallelism in our gaze. That is, our eyes are not aligned in the same direction on the target we are interested in.
Normally, the eyes move at the same time, causing the brain to create a single image. However, a person with strabismus, as each eyeball has a slightly different point of view, the brain ends up eliminating one of them, causing other vision problems such as lazy eye.
The latest studies have revealed that it affects 4% of the child population, so periodic screening is recommended.
There are many types of strabismus depending on its causes, age or direction of eye deviation. Therefore, the ophthalmologist will look for the perfect treatment according to your needs.
Strabismus can present itself in different ways. Therefore, the specialist is the most qualified person who can evaluate the diagnosis and offer the best treatment to correct the eye deviation and recover the correct vision:
- Double vision
- Loss of vision
- Sensory disturbances
- Development of amblyopia or lazy eye
- Difficulty in reading and writing
- Visual fatigue
There are numerous techniques to correct this pathology and to correct the eye deviation:
- To correct the refractive error, glasses or contact lenses will be used.
- If the patient has presented amblyopia or lazy eye, the most effective measure is the occlusion of the healthy eye by means of a patch.
- Surgical treatment is only applied in cases of strabismus that cannot be corrected with other more conservative treatments. Surgery consists of strengthening or weakening certain eye muscles to obtain a correct position.
By seeing a specialist for strabismus correction, the patient will achieve:
- Recover the parallelism of your eyes
- Restore binocular vision and depth perception in images.
- Avoid double vision or diplopia
- Gaining self-esteem and confidence by having deviated eyes