What is Strabismus?
Strabismus is a condition wherein a person’s eyes are not aligned. This misalignment occurs when your eyes cannot stay aligned and work together to look at the same object. Strabismus is more commonly known as crossed, misaligned or wall eyes.
The misaligned eye may be turned inward, outward, upward, or downward. It can also be a sporadic or constant occurrence and your eyes may alternate between misalignment.
Strabismus can occur at birth, during early childhood, or be onset as an adult.
What Causes Strabismus?
Strabismus can have a variety of causes, but essentially occurs when the muscles control movement of your eye are unable to work properly. This may be caused by an issue with the muscles themselves, the nerves that transmit information to the muscles, or an underlying neurological issue.
It is a common misconception that Strabismus is a childhood disease or can only be treated in children. Strabismus can also successfully be treated in adults- whether or not is a new onset of strabismus or a recurrence of childhood strabismus.
It is common for adult onset strabismus to be caused by some type of trauma or disease, such as thyroid eye disease. It is also common for childhood strabismus to recur in adults.
It is never too late to undergo strabismus surgery, even if prior strabismus surgeries have been performed. Dr. Abroms has performed many thousands of such procedures on patients as old as their 80’s and 90’s.
Strabismus Overview with Dr. Abroms
How is Strabismus Diagnosed?
During your consultation, Dr. Abroms will perform a comprehensive strabismus exam. During this painless exam, Dr. Abroms will measure your eye alignment and tracking with prisms.
Dr. Abroms, at ADV Vision completed subspecialty fellowship training in strabismus. This is a specialty in relatively short supply, and Dr. Abroms is one of only a few ophthalmologists between Los Angeles and San Francisco with this specialized training.
When Should Strabismus Be Treated?
If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful, strabismus surgery is a safe and successful option to correct eye misalignment. The course of treatment is often determined by the cause and degree of severity of misalignment.
Strabismus can affect cause double vision, effect depth perception, decrease your field of vision, and have detrimental effects on one’s self-esteem in social interactions. Strabismus surgery will restore the normal appearance of your eyes and alleviate these negative effects.
How Strabismus Surgery Works
Strabismus surgery fixes your eye’s misalignment by either loosening or tightening your eye’s muscles. The eye muscles are a complicated pulley system and repositioning them changes the alignment of the eyes and corrects the misalignment. Surgery may be performed on one or both eyes, typically under general anesthesia. The eye muscles are accessed behind your eyelids.
What Does Strabismus Surgery Correct?
Strabismus surgery has an extremely high success rate. Not only does the treatment and correction of strabismus offer patients improved vision, but also provides a level of psychological benefits.
Strabismus Surgery Benefits:
- Improved vision
- Eliminated or minimized double vision
- Improved depth perception – can help to decrease falls and accidents
- Improved self-confidence
Strabismus Surgery Recovery
Strabismus surgery is performed by Dr. Abroms as an outpatient procedure. The entire procedure takes about an hour. After surgery, you may experience some redness but there is typically little pain postoperative pain. Most patients can return to work or normal activities within a week.
Watch Dr. Abroms Explain the Pre-Op & Post-Op Process for Strabismus Surgery:
Strabismus Surgery at ADV Vision
Dr. Adam Abroms of ADV Vision is one of the few surgeons in Central California who specializes in Strabismus. Dr. Abroms completed his fellowship training in strabismus. This is a specialty in relatively short supply, and Dr. Abroms is one of only a few ophthalmologists between Los Angeles and San Francisco with this specialized training.
If you would like to learn if strabismus surgery is right for you, call or schedule an appointment at one of our locations in either Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, or Paso Robles today. During this consultation, Dr. Abroms can help you determine your options for treatment and better vision.