Although I am a nurse by profession, none of the medical advice given here is offered from a professional perspective. My specialty is Allergy (see my AllergyNursing.com website). Here, I’m just another strabismus patient who is learning along with you.
While I can’t offer medical advice, I can share what I’ve learned as a patient, and I can offer an overview of health care in general based on years of working with physicians and medical professionals. As in most medical specialties, there are differing opinions on the correct approach to treating strabismus.
Some doctors seem to feel eye muscle surgery is almost always to be avoided. This school of thought is that the eye muscle imbalance of strabismus is one of poor muscle control by the brain. Vision or orthoptic therapy is their recommendation.
Other doctors seem to feel vision therapy is worthless in treating strabismus. Their premise is that without surgery to correct the alignment, the brain cannot corral the eyes into unity.
Years ago when I started this strabismus journey, it wasn’t as easy to get the full picture. But today there’s no reason not to get an opinion from those in both schools of thought. Start by checking the links to AAO and AAPOS for a perspective on surgical treatment and to find a a Strabismus Surgeon. Also check the links to AOA and COVD to see what is available through vision therapy and to find a Behavioral Optometrist who can administer the therapy. These links are also on the right sidebar of this website.
So which perspective is the right one? Stay tuned, I’ll share my thoughts on that next time?.