Eye turns (a condition called Strabismus), have to do with an inability to point both eyes in the same direction at the same time. One eye—or both, as in crossed eyes—may appear to turn in, or one eye may turn out, up or down.
Eye turns can change from one eye to the other, and may only appear after a person becomes tired or injured. It is not always noticeable, except through symptoms of difficulty with doing certain daily activities.
An eye turn may cause double vision. To avoid seeing double, the person may tend to ignore the visual images from one eye by turning his or her head while reading.
Eye turns can be treated with Vision Therapy!
While surgery can straighten the eyes, one eye may still have a tendency to continue “seeing” as though it were still crossed. Actually, eye turns do not usually involve faulty or damaged eye muscles. Eye turns can often be treated non-surgically with a program of Vision Therapy.
Eyes that wander cause more than just an appearance problem. Non-optimum binocular vision can cause trouble with:
- Riding a bicycle or driving
- Measuring objects in relation to oneself
- Doing close-up work
- Playing ball sports
- Depth perception; inability to see in 3D
If you or a loved one has an eye turn, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.