Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

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Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Expert Eye Care for Kids

Young girl with strabismus (crossed eyes) visiting Nemours to see one of our eye specialists.

Strabismus is when eyes don’t line up or when one or both eyes wander. Whether your child was born with strabismus or it happened later, the condition usually can be fixed when it’s found and treated early. At Nemours, that’s what we do. Only a trained pediatric ophthalmologist (children's eye doctor) can diagnose and treat strabismus in kids. Our experts can better your child’s chances of having straight eyes and good vision as they grow.

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Strabismus Services We Offer

We offer complete diagnostic and treatment services for children with strabismus. Our services may vary depending on the location you visit and the doctor your child sees:

  • an eye exam by one of our ophthalmologists (doctors who specialize in eye care and surgery)
  • tests to see whether your child’s eyes are looking in the same direction
  • treatment options including glasses to help the eyes look in the same direction, an eye patch to help strengthen the weaker eye, or surgery to fix the eye muscles (kids can usually go home the same day of their operation)

Why Choose Us for Strabismus Care

At Nemours, our eye doctors are board certified and fellowship trained at nationally recognized institutions to provide the highest level of surgical and medical treatments for common and complex eye problems. Many of our physicians are recognized as “Best Doctors in America® ” and “Top Doctors” in the area. We perform state-of-the-art operations, when appropriate, to treat and repair kids’ eyes.

We’re also active in research to find new and better ways to treat children’s eye problems. And, for kids with more than one health need, our team approach can save you time, allowing you to see several doctors on the same day, in the same place.

Regional Strabismus Care Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.), we offer full-service pediatric eye services and care for children with strabismus.

  • medical and surgical services provided directly by fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologists 
  • special sensitivity to the challenges and anxiety kids with developmental or neurodevelopmental conditions (like autism) may have during eye exams
  • part of a multicenter collaborative network, the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, working with hundreds of children's eye care experts nationwide to research eye disorders

We offer complete eye care for children with strabismus at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

  • ophthalmologist and certified orthoptist (an eye movement and diagnostic specialist) trained and equipped to diagnose and treat strabismus in kids of all ages, including those with developmental disabilities and physical limitations
  • Child Life specialist who can provide play and creative therapies and distraction during exams and treatments
  • community vision screening program, working with our Healthy Choices Clinic and the Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative, offered to preschools and Head Start programs in Seminole County, Kissimmee and other areas of Central Florida

We offer full-service care for strabismus in kids at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (working with Wolfson Children’s Hospital) and select satellite locations.

  • care team that delivers complete eye care for kids — ophthalmologists, experienced eye technicians and a pediatric optometrist (who provides services similar to ophthalmologists, but doesn't perform surgery)
  • part of a multicenter collaborative network, the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, working with hundreds of children's eye care experts nationwide to research eye disorders
  • special training program developed by our pediatric eye experts to teach primary care doctors how to conduct effective eye exams for children from birth to age 5

Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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