Strabismus encompasses a range of eye conditions in which the eyes are misaligned and/or do not move together. Problems with eye alignment can mean that there are problems with the:
Restrictive or paralytic types of strabismus describe problems with eye alignment and movement that result from underlying conditions including:
Symptoms of restrictive or paralytic strabismus are similar to those of other types of strabismus. They may occur suddenly if they result from an injury, inflammation or neurologic condition. Or they may appear to worsen or not improve if they have been present since birth.
The most noticeable symptoms are:
You or your child’s pediatrician may notice that your child’s eyes are not aligned or do not move together. Restrictive or paralytic strabismus may be detected through well-baby eye exams or after neurologic or eye disease or trauma to the eye.
At Children’s National, we may recommend further testing to determine what is causing the restrictive or paralytic strabismus, as follows:
Treatment for restrictive or paralytic strabismus aims to align the eyes, eliminate double vision and regain depth perception. At Children’s National, our treatment options include:
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