What tests are used to diagnose strabismus?
Strabismus is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination in which we evaluate refractive error, eye alignment, and overall ocular health.
What can I expect from an eye exam?
Plan for the initial visit to take between 2 to 3 hours. The overall experience is generally positive and interactive. The most stressful portion of the eye examination for children is often the administration of the eye drops for dilation. Eye drops are necessary in order to most accurately measure the glasses prescription, as well as to allow for comprehensive examination of the retina and optic nerve.
How do we diagnose strabismus?
A pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist can often diagnose strabismus simply by looking at the child’s eyes and observing the deviation or by assessing the reflection of a light off the child’s eye. Another test to assess alignment involves having the child observe an object while the doctor covers and uncovers each eye. This allows the doctor to assess which eye is misaligned, how often it is misaligned and how large the misalignment is.