Eye Turns Strabismus Massachusetts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eye Turns or Strabismus

Eye turns (strabismus) in children can have multiple repercussions. “There are a number of functional problems that kids can have with strabismus (eye turns). If one eye turns regularly, the vision may not develop properly in that eye; if a turn is always present, depth perception will not develop. Another important, but often overlooked, negative effect from strabismus has to do with the social impacts that an eye turn has on children” stated Oren L. Weisberg, M.D., Pediatric Ophthalmologist at D’Ambrosio Eye Care.

Dr. Weisberg continued, “A recent article reinforces our understanding of this. In the study, pictures of children were digitally altered to give them an exotropia (an eye turn outward). A group of children aged 8-12 years then looked at the pictures and were asked to rate their willingness to sit next to such kids compared to pictures of kids without eye turns. Kids of all age groups studied were less willing to sit next to a child with exotropia. Other studies have also shown that strabismus can negatively affect kids in social situations”.

There are treatments available for patients with strabismus. This can include eyeglasses, patching, eye drops and sometimes surgery. If any turns are noted a complete eye exam by a provider who has experience working with children is important. During that visit all options for treatment can be reviewed.

If you feel your child has an eye turn, please call 800-325-3937 to schedule an appointment. You may also request an appointment at facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare.