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The primary symptoms of strabismus (being cross eyed and lack of binocular vision) can be treated to a certain degree and through various ways to correct or minimize the effects of the condition. However yes, strabismus itself is permanent. Some typical and common treatments include strabismus surgery (eye muscle surgery), glasses, eye patch therapy, eye exercises, and botox. While most parents want to try non-surgical methods first, often strabismus surgery is the only solution to correct being cross eyed and properly align the eyes. During strabismus surgery, the surgeon will operate on the muscles surrounding the eye. Often muscles are tightened or loosened by shortening or repositioning the muscles of the eye.
Of course you should explore all options available and even pursue a second opinion if another pediatric ophthalmologist is available. Additionally, it is important to know that even when strabismus surgery is recommended, glasses and/or eye patch treatment are often prescribed in order to prevent or correct amblyopia.
That’s as technical as I want to be in this post. As you know I’m not a doctor. My experience comes directly from being a parent of a child with strabismus and minor amblyopia.
So, yes the condition itself is permanent however with the proper treatment, the obvious symptoms of strabismus (being cross eyed), can be minimized. And, if treated early enough your child can retain or gain binocular vision and enjoy life as you and I know it.
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