Treatment goals for strabismus are to preserve vision, to straighten the eyes, and to restore binocular vision.

  1. 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.
  2. Surgery will correct the misaligned eyes but cannot resolve amblyopia caused by strabismus.
  3. 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.