Treating Crossed or Wandering Eyes

Vision therapy: An alternative to surgery.

Technically known as strabismus, this disorder exists because the six different muscles around the eye are not working well together – causing the two eyes to misalign.

Strabismus and amblyopia treatment

Vision therapy may offer an alternative to surgery in the treatment of crossed or wandering eyes. Technically known as strabismus, this disorder exists because the six different muscles around the eye are not working well together – causing the two eyes to misalign. When eyes do not line up in the same direction, the brain becomes confused and may learn to disregard the images from the weaker eye. If strabismus is left untreated the result could be the loss of vision in one eye called amblyopia or “lazy eye.”

“Six years ago I stopped seeing an ophthalmologist after leaving an appointment so fearful and frankly, desperately ignorant about my eyesight. The doctors and therapists at Highline helped educate me about a condition I’d had all my life, but never knew the term: tropia. Since then, the team at Highline have been providing ways to improve my eye functioning and health. My eyes couldn’t be happier!”
– Kelly, age 37

Although strabismus can develop at any age, it usually appears in childhood. The earlier strabismus and amblyopia are treated, the better the prognosis for resolution of the problem. It was once thought that when a child reached the age of 6-8 these two conditions could no longer be treated. The research has since proven this to be false. The visual system is more flexible in the early childhood years, but these two conditions can be treated at any age.

The patient should consider all aspects of the nonsurgical treatment of strabismus before considering surgery. Vision therapy is successful in treating many types of strabismus without surgery but sometimes surgery is required. Oftentimes, surgery is considered successful when the cosmetic alignment of the eyes is better. However, the patient may still not be using both eyes together or have 3-D vision. When surgery is required, vision therapy can dramatically improve the functional success rate of the surgery. At Highline Center for Vision Performance, we consider success to be when a patient has achieved TRUE binocular vision with 3-D or stereo vision.

Call us to request a strabismus or amblyopia evaluation.