Strabismus, or “crossed or wandering eye”, is an eye teaming deficit – the eyes do not work together to form a two-eyed 3D view of the world. It can be one or both eyes that drift in, out, up or down, and can be all the time or just sometimes.

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye”, is the lack of development of clear eyesight in one or both eyes, not caused by an ocular health issue, and it cannot be corrected with glasses alone.

Some people have both amblyopia and strabismus, but it is also possible to have either on its own. Refractive anisometropic amblyopia is the most common type. This is where one eye has a much higher prescription (typically farsightedness) than the other “good” eye causing its pathway to not develop as well in early childhood.

There are many effective treatments for both strabismus and amblyopia including: glasses, bifocals, prism, contact lenses, vision therapy, monocular fixation in a binocular field “MFBF”, partial patching, atropine drops, patching, and surgical intervention. Each individual’s unique diagnosis (evaluating onset, severity, frequency, and more) will determine which treatment is most effective for a particular case and oftentimes a combination of treatments is recommended.

The first step to determine the best treatment options is to schedule an evaluation at our office.