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Care for Strabismus at the University of Colorado Hospital Eye Center

What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is the misalignment or turning of the eyes. Lack of coordination between the eye muscles prevents both eyes from pointing towards the same object. 

The condition is known as lazy eye, cross-eyed, wall-eyes, eye turns, wandering eyes, deviating eye, etc. Patients with strabismus may have trouble with depth perception or experience double vision. 

Strabismus may occur at birth or during childhood. With early detection, the defect may often be corrected. Left untreated, though, vision loss may be permanent.

Strabismus may also develop later in life due to factors such as trauma or neurological disease.

Treatment for Strabismus

Treatment may be surgical or medical depending on the cause of the problem.

Vision therapy may include patching or visual exercises, glasses with the correct prescription or bifocal or prism correction to aid in proper focusing, and eyedrops to help focus.

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