Adults and children can have eyes that look crossed or misaligned. The medical term for this condition is strabismus, and it’s important to get treatment for this condition as soon as possible. Otherwise, it could lead to complications down the road. Thankfully, Dr. Randa Garrana of Advanced Lasik in New York City, Long Beach, California, or Pasadena, California can help treat this common eye condition.
Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes. It occurs when one of the six muscles surrounding the eyes pulls the eye so it looks inward, outward, up, or down. Babies can be born with it, too. The eyes usually move in tandem, but when one is looking elsewhere, it can lead to double vision. The brain may eventually ignore the turned eye, leading to reduced or lost vision in that eye.
Strabismus is classified according to how often it occurs, whether it happens to one or both eyes, and which direction the affected eye turns.
Causes of strabismus range from problems with the eye muscles to problems with the nerves or brain to injuries. Risk factors for developing a crossed eye include family history, a medical condition like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, or a refractive error in those who are farsighted.
To confirm the diagnosis, Dr. Garrana takes your health history and performs a comprehensive eye exam.
There are a variety of treatment options available for strabismus. Dr. Garrana will let you know which options are best for your particular needs. To improve eye alignment and coordination, she may recommend:
It’s important to treat strabismus. Otherwise, it could lead to:
Schedule a strabismus consultation with Dr. Garrana at one of our convenient locations in New York or California today by visiting our website.