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How is strabismus treated?

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If your child has amblyopia, the doctor will need to treat it first. He’ll block the stronger eye so her brain sees only images from the weaker one. He might use an eyepatch or drops that blur vision. This will strengthen her crossed eye and help her see better. She may not like the patch, but she needs to wear it. Amblyopia can become permanent if it isn’t treated early.

Once her vision is stable, the doctor may do surgery to repair muscles around her eye. You may not want to put her through this at a young age. But her eyes will be better in the long run if she gets treatment before age 2.

Even after surgery, she may still need glasses. Because strabismus can return, stick to the regular eye exam schedule her doctor recommends.

From: Eye Problems in Premature Babies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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