Your vision is a result of complex coordination between your eyes and brain. If they fail to coordinate properly, however, you may experience vision problems, such as strabismus. Read on as Vision Solutions, your trusted provider of glaucoma treatment and other eye care services, sheds light on this condition.
What Causes Strabismus
Strabismus occurs when your eyes and brain aren’t coordinating properly, leading to faulty eye-muscle control. This may cause misalignment of your eyes, which is why this vision disorder is commonly referred to as crossed eyes. One or both of your eyes may turn outward (exotropia), inward (esotropia), downward (hypotropia) or upward (hypertropia).
How Strabismus Affects Your Vision
Your eye care specialist explains that the hallmark symptom of strabismus is having one eye that doesn’t focus properly. This may cause your brain to register two varying images, leading to confusion. As a workaround, your brain may ignore signals coming from the misaligned eye, putting you at risk of developing another vision problem known as amblyopia or “lazy eye.” You may experience frequent headaches, eye strain, head tilting and other compensatory mannerisms too.
How Strabismus Is Managed
We will perform a comprehensive eye exam to confirm strabismus. This may include a cover and uncover test to evaluate your eyes’ alignment. We may also perform a neurological assessment to check the working relationship between your eyes and brain.
We may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to help realign your eyes. If corrective eyewear is inadequate in improving your eyesight, we may include vision therapy in your treatment. This involves wearing an eye patch on the stronger eye for a period of time, which trains your brain to acknowledge image signals sent by the weaker eye, helping preserve your vision.
For more information about strabismus, call us at (619) 461-4913 or complete our form. We serve La Mesa, CA, and nearby areas.