Our Miami Beach eye doctors are often asked about concerns patients have regarding their eyes, and one of the biggest ones is becoming cross-eyed. When you see someone with naturally crossed eyes, they are suffering from a medical condition known as strabismus.
Many children develop this condition because they are very farsighted, which causes them to strain their eyes too much while trying to see. Strabismus is usually something that affects children under the age of 12, and it can be effectively treated when it’s discovered.
For adults, however, treating crossed eyes can be a bit more difficult. There are options that adults with crossed eyes can discuss with their eye doctor, but it will likely involve surgery.
How To Fix Crossed Eyes
If you’re over the age of 16 and don’t already have crossed eyes, then the chances of developing them at your age are slim to none. Here are some ways eye doctors treat people with crossed eyes:
- Prescribe glasses to help children stop straining their eyes and halt the development of strabismus.
- Prescribe special patching treatments, where a child covers one eye for a set amount of time during the day.
- Prescribe special prism glasses that prevent the eyes from turning too much in order to properly see.
- Eye muscle surgery is the last resort option for people who have unsuccessfully tried other treatments in the past. However, it’s pretty rare for people to need surgery to fix crossed eyes.
If you notice that your child is having difficulties seeing objects at a certain distance or is complaining of eye pains, then you need to take them to see your optometrist as soon as possible. Your eye doctor can confirm if they are developing this condition and also take steps to prevent it from getting worse.
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Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.