In the absence of surgery, Optometrists offer a variety of treatments to correct squint eyes. These options include Prism eye glasses, Botulinum toxin injections, and occlusion therapy. These treatments are effective in reducing a person’s symptoms, but may not be right for everyone.
Optometrists provide squint eye treatment without surgery
If you’d like to avoid having surgery, optometrists often provide squint eye treatment without the need for surgery. Squint is an eye condition known as strabismus. Other terms for it include crossed eye and lazy eye. It is a common problem that affects many people, but is more common in Europe than the US. Most cases of strabismus are gradual and due to a disorder of binocular vision. However, sudden strabismus may be indicative of another neurological disorder, and should be checked out by an optometrist.
During an optometrist’s exam, your child’s vision will be assessed. The doctor may use a simple test that involves covering and uncovering the eyes. This helps the doctor see how the child’s eye moves. Another test involves looking into the pupil with a torch. If the pupil shrinks and widens with light, it indicates a squint. The doctor may also use an ophthalmoscope, a hand-held magnifier. This instrument helps the eye specialist evaluate the back of the eye and brain, and it can be used to correct refractive errors.
There are several different types of squint eye treatment. Some of these treatments involve corrective surgery, while others involve patching to force the brain to use the other eye. A squint can occur in either or both eyes, and may be caused by a refractive error.
Occlusion therapy is one of the options for squint eye treatment without surgery intervention. It works by preventing the ‘off line’ eye from sending signals to the brain. This treatment is not effective for all squints, but it can be effective for a majority of cases.
Occlusion therapy involves covering the eye with a patch. The patch, which may be sticky or pirate-themed, forces the brain to recognize the weak eye as the one with better vision. It can be applied for two to six hours daily, depending on the child’s age. Drops can also be used instead of the patch. Neither treatment can fix the eye disorder, but it can improve vision in the weaker eye.
Children with a squint may close one eye or tilt their head to one side. This suppresses the vision in the affected eye, causing the child to squint. When this happens, the child may see ‘double vision’ - they see an image twice when they look at something. Fortunately, the double vision does not persist once the eye is shut.
Prism eye glasses
Prism eye glasses are an effective treatment for squint eye, which is a visual disorder in which a person can’t focus on one object. They help to correct the problem by creating a single image in the pupil. They are especially useful for adults who are looking for a way to treat their condition without surgery. This vision therapy helps to keep the eyes focused on one thing, and develops the power of concentration.
Prism eyeglasses are made of wedge-shaped clear lenses that bend light rays. As such, they can correct double vision, eye strain, and headaches. This treatment also helps to realign images and correct the alignment of the eyes. Prism eyeglasses can be a great alternative to laser eye surgery, which focuses on fixing the refractive error.
Prism eye glasses are often prescribed in combination with vision therapy to improve binocular vision. This vision therapy will improve the coordination of the eyes, allowing the patient to achieve clear binocular vision. Prism eye glasses can also be helpful for certain types of strabismus, such as convergent insufficiency. However, these glasses won’t cure all types of squint.
Botulinum toxin injections
Botulinum toxin injections are an option for treating squint eye without surgery. Strabismus is a condition that can cause blurred vision, double vision, and even affect the long-term development of the eye. This condition results from nerve and muscle dysfunction. Injections of botulinum toxin can relax the eye muscles and align the eyes. However, the injections may leave a droopy eyelid.
Botulinum toxin injections are most often used as a short-term, temporary solution to treating squint eye. The treatment can be repeated as needed. It is a good option for patients who cannot undergo surgery because of previous complications or for those with a very small squint.
Although surgery is still the best option for some patients, botulinum toxin injections are a non-invasive alternative. This procedure can be performed without anesthesia and takes less than five minutes. It is a safe, effective treatment that has the same success rate as surgery.