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    What is the treatment for strabismus?

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    Tania Straga

    Orthoptist

    I am an orthoptist that specialises in eye movement disorders, paediatric vision assessment, double vision assessment and prism correction. I provide neuro orthoptic assessments to … View Profile

    Firstly, the underlying cause of the strabismus needs to be determined. There are several different types of strabismus which are treated differently depending on the type. An ophthalmologist will need to examine the patient carefully, and may prescribe glasses, a patch or surgery (or a combination of all three). A referral to an orthoptist may be made if treatment for poor vision is required or if specialised vision and binocular assessment is required. Treatment for strabismus (and associated vision problems) is usually most successful early in a child's life.

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