STRABISMUS (lazy eye)

Strabismus is a vision condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned and do not focus together.  This may involve the eyes turning inward (esotropia), the eyes turning outward (exotropia) or a vertical misalignment of the eyes (hypertropia).  The problem may be present constantly or intermittently.

Treatment for strabismus varies, but may include simple observation in mild cases.  In other cases, treatment may involve glasses, prism correction, patching of the eyes and/or surgery on the eye muscles. 

Strabismus is best treated if caught early.  Children require ongoing care for this condition during their childhood years. However, strabismus  remains amenable to treatment even in older children and adults.