Laser Vision Correction Crossed Eyes Farsightedness

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Laser Vision Correction & Crossed Eyes

Boston Ophthalmologist Francis A. D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. comments on Laser Vision Correction, Crossed Eyes and farsightedness. “We have some new treatment methods that may help children with “crossed eyes. Some children with crossed eyes have this condition because they also have a condition called hyperopia or farsightedness.” Hyperopia is a condition where the eyes have to focus an extra amount just to see clearly. However, when the eyes are focusing this extra amount, they also tend to pull inward-this is called a convergent strabismus or crossed eyes. Dr. D’Ambrosio continues, “Traditionally, to correct this condition, children are fitted with thick eyeglasses with an uneven shape to the lenses, which we call a prism. This allows the child to be able to have their eyes straight and to see clearly without the extra focusing power that causes the convergence and, therefore, the crossed eyes.”

A recent study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reported that Laser Vision Correction can be used to treat this condition of convergent strabismus. As in adults who have Laser Vision Correction, also known as LASIK, to correction their vision for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, using this option for selected children can be used to treat the farsightedness or hyperopia. Children will then not need the thick glasses to decrease the need for the extra focusing power. Therefore, when the children don’t have to focus as hard, their eyes do not turn inward. The results of the study show an 80% decrease in the amount of eye turning after the Laser Vision Correction procedure.

“This is a very exciting study and shows that we may have even better treatment for children who have this condition,” continued Dr. D’Ambrosio, Jr. “By treating these children early and decreasing their crossed eyes, they will have better visual function. As studies have proven, when the visual function is better, children do better in all activities, including school, sports and social interactions,” stated Dr. D’Ambrosio, Jr.

Should you notice that your child has “crossed eyes” or hyperopia, please contact D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937 to schedule an appointment. D’Ambrosio Eye Care has a pediatric ophthalmologist available to see your child. You may also request an appointment at

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