Strabismus is a condition affecting the eye muscles in an estimated 5% of children. Typically, this is caused by a lack of coordination between extraocular muscles, which induces misalignment of the eyes. However, strabismus can also be accredited to a disorder in the brain's ability to coordinate the eyes.
Often referred to as "lazy eye," strabismus often presents itself as normal movement of one eye while the other points in, out, up or down. Additionally, strabismus is cited as "crossed eyes." In this case, the optic axes converge; while one eye is fixed on an object, the other fixes with a convergence angle of less than zero degrees. Often, patients with this type of strabismus complain of double vision.
Unfortunately, most children with strabismus do not outgrow it. It is therefore advised that you seek treatment for your child immediately after detecting signs of strabismus. There are several options available for patients, depending on the type and severity of their strabismus.
Use of eyeglasses, eye exercises, which may include eye patching and/or use of eye drops may be helpful.
Strabismus surgery is a viable option for many patients with strabismus.
Dr. Griener's training as both a pediatrician (completed residency at Tulane) and pediatric ophthalmologist (completed fellowship at Emory) have made him uniquely qualified to care for children and adults with this disorder.