Strabismus, commonly referred to as crossed eye, is a condition in which the affected individuals fail to aim at a single object at the same time. Lack of coordination between the eye muscles causes such a condition to develop.
Development of crossed eyes and inappropriate alignment of eyes in the same direction are the classical symptoms of strabismus. In addition to these, the eye disorder can also cause double vision, loss of vision, loss of perception of depth and difficulty in moving both the eyes together .
At the preliminary level, a detailed physical examination of the eye will be carried out. This will be followed by various eye tests which would provide information about the extent of misalignment of the eyes. These tests include retinal exam, Hirschberg test, visual acuity, corneal light reflex and standard ophthalmic examination. In addition, neurological examination would also be performed to assess the neurological functioning .
Strabismus can be treated in several ways which include the following:
The prognosis of the condition post treatment is usually favorable. However, children and adults would continue to have vision problems. This may cause reading problems in children and adults would face difficulty while driving. Delay in treatment may lead to permanent vision loss in the weak eye. Follow up treatment and constant monitoring is a must as chances of recurrence of strabismus is high.
Strabismus is a common phenomenon both in children and adults. Failure of the eye muscles to work in coordination causes both the eyes to look in two different directions. Certain underlying disease conditions which can also lead to strabismus in children include cerebral palsy, Apert syndrome, retinoblastoma, congenital rubella, Noonan syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, traumatic brain injury, incontinentia iigmenti syndrome, trisomy 18 and development of hemangioma near the eye during infancy.
Various diseases associated with strabismus in adults consist of diabetes, botulism, stroke, eye injury, vision loss due to eye injury or disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome and shellfish poisoning. In addition to the above mentioned factors, heredity is also known to be a strong risk factor for development of strabismus .
It has been estimated that 4% of individuals in United States develop strabismus. Of the several forms of strabismus, estropia usually develops in the first decade of life . It has also been reported that about 1/3rd of children with strabismus are at an increased risk of developing amblyopia.
Under normal conditions, the normal movement and alignment of human eye is governed by 6 muscles that work as a team. These ocular muscles help the eye to focus on the same object at same time. However, in instances when the muscles do not work appropriately it causes both the eye to look differently at two different objects.
As a result of this phenomenon, the brain receives information about 2 different objects. In children, the brain tends to ignore the information sent from the weak eye. In such situations, if strabismus is not promptly treated, then the brain will forever ignore information from the weak eye and as a result that eye will have poor vision. Such a condition is termed as amblyopia  .
So far there are no known methods of preventing strabismus. Its associated complications can however be prevented with early initiation of treatment.
When the eyes align inappropriately with each other, they are unable to focus together on the same point at the same time. Strabismus gravely affects the binocular vision and in turn affects the depth perception as well. A prompt treatment regime is required to correct the condition so that maximum vision acuity can be retained. Strabismus can be classified into 4 different types, depending on directional prefixes. These include estropia, exotropia, hypotropia and hypertropia .
Strabismus is an eye disorder characterized by inappropriate alignment of the eyes which does not allow both the eyes to focus at the same object at same time. An estimated 4% US population develops this eye disorder. Early initiation of treatment can help in preventing onset of complications.
A total of 6 eye muscles work in coordination to provide appropriate alignment to the eyes. When the muscles do not work as a team, then strabismus develops. In addition, certain underlying disease conditions such as diabetes, eye injury, stroke, eye disease, restinoblastoma, Noonan syndrome, Apert syndrome, congenital rubella, trisomy 18, cerebral palsy and Prader-Willi syndrome can also predispose children and adults to develop such a condition.
Crossed eyes and inappropriate eye alignment are the major symptoms experienced. In addition, individuals also experience poor vision, loss of vision, loss of depth perception and inability to move both eyes together.
Diagnosis of strabismus begins with preliminary physical examination of the eyes. In addition, neurological examination is also carried out to assess the neurological functioning. Following this various eyes tests such as corneal light reflex, retinal exam, cover/uncover test, visual acuity and standard ophthalmic test are also performed.
Treatment of strabismus includes prescribing eye glasses and patches to the children. In case, when these do not work then eye surgery is recommended. In addition to these methods, botulinum toxin injection is also employed for treating strabismus.