Friday, February 22, 2013

Causes of Strabismus and How it can be treated

Causes of Strabismus and How it can be treated

Strabismus is an eye condition where 6 muscles surrounding the eyes fail to function in a proper way, and in harmony with each other. Due to this, both eyes cannot look at any object at the same time. This condition is also referred to as “cross eyes” because one eye appears to look in the different direction than the other.

This condition results in the formation of two different images in the eyes, which confuses the brain, and it starts ignoring one of these images thinking it to be incorrect. Therefore, the eye that transmits the “incorrect image’ starts suffering from a condition known as “lazy eye” (amblyopia).

Strabismus is quite common in young kids, and about 50 percent of cases are found in kids shortly after birth, and are quite easy to spot. There are different types of conditions associated with strabismus and they include diabetes, brain injury, Guillain Barre syndrome, and diabetes. For strabismus surgery in children, you can visit our site for more info.

If a family has a history of strabismus, then there are chances that kids born it the family are at greater risk of developing this condition. It’s also possible that person suffering from this condition can also suffer from other various other eye conditions such weak vision, double vision, or even loss of vision.
Various symptoms of strabismus may appear or disappear with time, and can be predominant during ill health, or sickness. Once this condition has been diagnosed, person should undergo detailed eye examination to ascertain the extent of misalignment. This examination will also check the acuity of the eyes and light reflex in addition to usual ophthalmic examination.

After the eye examination, the treatment can begin where doctor prescribes spectacles, and in some cases places a patch over the normal eye, which forces “lazy eyes” to work more. If this approach is not successful then eye surgery is recommended for modifying the strength of eye muscles.

Surgery may not resolve all issues but will certainly improve the sight problems and can make both eyes move in unison. When this treatment is combined with spectacles, the results can be outstanding, particularly if surgery is done at an early age. Doctor may also recommend series of eye exercise after the surgery to increase the performance of eyes. There can be significant vision loss if this condition is left untreated, so early diagnosis and surgery is very important.