You use your eyes every day – to drive, to dial a phone number, and even to read the words of this screen. Our eyes help us navigate the world with ease and peace of mind.
However, when our eyes are weakened, either from trauma or genetic reasons, the muscles in our eyes become compromised and lower our ability to see the world around us clearly. Our team of ophthalmologists at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute are dedicated to keeping your eyes strong.
What is strabismus?
With this condition, one eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward (esotropia), outward (exotropia), upward (hypertropia), or downward (hypotropia). With strabismus, the eye turn may be intermittent, constant, or alternate between the left and right eye.
How does strabismus affect adults and children?
In adults, the effects may be more severe. Strabismus causes adults to lose their binocular vision which can cause double vision, loss of depth perception, headaches, and eye strain.
What are my treatment options?
- Eye drops
- Surgery to straighten the eyes
- Eye exercises
- Eye patch over the strong eye (if amblyopia is present) to improve the weak eye
Frequently Asked Questions
- Esotropia ("crossed" eye) – Eye turns in towards the nose
- Exotropia ("wandering" eye) – Eye turns out away from the nose
- Hypertropia – Eye turns higher than the other
- Hypotropia – Eye turns lower than the other eye