Kids Eye Disorders
Strabismus – or cross eyed Is any misalignment of the eyes.. One or both eyes may turn out, in, up or down. Strabismus does not go away on its own. Strabismus can cause poor vision. The brain may begin to ignore the image from the misaligned eye to avoid double vision, resulting in vision development issues of that eye.
Strabismus can be treated. The goal is to improve eye alignment allowing for better binocular vision. Treatment may involve glasses, vision therapy or even eye muscle surgery.
Amblyopia - commonly known as Lazy eye is the leading cause of vision loss amongst children. Amblyopia is decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal development of vision. The brain receives two images one clear and one blurry. The brain begins to ignore the blurry image and starts to only process the clear image, thus favoring one eye.
The most common way to treat Amblyopia is with patching. A patch is prescribed to be worn over the functioning eye for a specified time period daily. This forces the brain to “relearn” how to see and vision may increase. Other treatments may include eye glasses, eye drops or vision therapy.