Strabismus

Friday, February 19, 2010

Strabismus, the term used for crossed eyes, occurs in four out of every 100 kids in the United States. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition and what can be done to correct it.

Strabismus is a vision problem in which the eyes are misaligned. They do not look at the same point at the same time.

It is not unusual for a newborn babys eyes to be misaligned, but the eyes should become straight by three to four months of age. Any child older than four months whose eyes are not aligned should have an eye examination by an eye specialist.

Without treatment, strabismus can cause permanent vision problems. The childs brain may learn to use only one eye and ignore the vision from the other. This severely limits both the childs field of vision and depth perception.

The goal of treatment is to improve or restore the alignment of the eyes so that they look at the same point at the same time. The strabismus may be simply corrected by special glasses. Some cases will require surgery. Dont delay this vision saving treatment. Starting treatment as soon as possible is the best way to improve vision.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.