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How is strabismus treated?

In some situations, glasses are a very effective treatment for strabismus. In others, glasses have little or no effect on eye alignment; it all depends on the diagnosis. Contacts will improve eye alignment if glasses have helped, but they will offer little or no improvement if glasses have not been of benefit.

Unfortunately, the need for re-operation after strabismus surgery is not uncommon. A discussion with your eye doctor may be helpful in helping you to better understand your medical and surgical options.

After a complete eye examination, an ophthalmologist can recommend appropriate treatment.

In some cases, eyeglasses can be prescribed for your child to straighten the eyes. Other treatments may involve surgery to correct the unbalanced eye muscles or to remove a cataract. Covering, blurring or patching the strong eye to improve amblyopia is often necessary.

Treatment for strabismus works to straighten the eyes and restore binocular (two-eyed) vision.

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