FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Am I too old to have surgery for my misaligned eyes?
No! Eye muscle surgery to straighten the eyes can be performed at any age. Many adults with misaligned eyes have been told that “nothing can be done” or that the procedure in adults is “purely cosmetic.” This is incorrect. It has been shown that strabismus surgery in adults has many indications: elimination of double vision, improvement of 3D vision, expansion of visual field, elimination of abnormal head posture, and improvement of psychosocial function and vocational status. Call us today to schedule your evaluation.
2. Will my child outgrow his/her eye misalignment?
No, a child does not outgrow this condition. The earlier that it is detected and treated, the better chance for development of normal vision into adulthood.
3. I think my child’s eyes are crossed or drifting, but I am not sure/I do not see it all of the time. Should he/she be checked?
Yes! Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the eyes are truly deviating, so it is important to have a full evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist.
4. Will my child’s eyes be dilated at our first appointment, and how long will the dilation last?
Yes, dilation of the eyes is a part of the complete eye examination in children. The pupils will remain large for several hours after the exam, and sometimes until the next day.
5. Where can I find more information?
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus website is a great resource for more detail on these and other conditions diagnosed and treated by pediatric ophthalmologists.