A: It involves the misalignment of the eyes, where one or both eyes may turn inward, outward, upward, or downward.
A: Causes of strabismus vary and include problems with the eye muscles, genetics, refractive errors, neurological issues, and some health conditions.
A: It is estimated to affect approximately 2-4% of children.
A: Strabismus can develop at different ages ranging from infancy to childhood to adulthood.
A: If your child is 3 months and older and you notice a misalignment of the eyes, even if it is only occasionally, then a full eye exam is recommended.
A: An optometrist or ophthalmologist.
A: It can often be treated to improve eye alignment and the treatment success depends on the type and severity of strabismus.
A: Untreated strabismus can lead to amblyopia (lazy eye), where one eye’s vision does not develop properly. It can also impact depth perception and have cosmetic and social implications.
A: Options may include glasses, eye patches, vision therapy, eye drops, eye surgery, or a combination of treatments depending on the type and severity of the strabismus.
A: No, strabismus can impact vision, lead to double vision, interfere with depth perception, and lead to amblyopia if left untreated.
A: Not always, as some cases are due to genetic or developmental factors. However, early detection and timely treatment can help manage the condition and prevent associated vision problems.