Treatment goals for strabismus are to preserve vision, to straighten the eyes, and to restore binocular vision.
- Treatment for strabismus is similar to amblyopia treatment: vision therapy including patching or visual exercises, glasses with the correct prescription or bifocal or prism correction to aid in proper focusing, eyedrops to help focus, or surgery.
- Surgery will correct the misaligned eyes but cannot resolve amblyopia caused by strabismus.
- Before scheduling a child for surgery, some eyecare practitioners inject the ocular muscles with Botox (botulinum), which temporarily relaxes the muscles. In some cases, strabismus is permanently corrected in this way.