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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
If strabismus is treated early, your child will have a better chance to use his or her eyes together to develop binocular vision and depth perception. It's also important to treat strabismus soon after diagnosis to avoid the onset of amblyopia, which can result in permanent vision loss.
Very few places in the New England region and in the country offer botox (botulinum toxin A) injections as an option for treatment in children with strabismus. At Boston Children's Hospital, eye doctors can occasionally use botox instead of eye muscle surgery to correct strabismus.
Sometimes, this method proves effective in children for whom surgery has not corrected the misalignment. For adults and older children, this treatment can be given in the office. For young children, the procedure is performed in the operating room with a brief anesthesia but without need for incisional muscle surgery.
Adjustable sutures allow our ophthalmologists to readjust the position of your child's eye in the recovery room to avoid the need to schedule additional surgery. It may be hard to believe that a child would sit still for the adjustment of adjustable sutures, but our surgical and anesthesia teams perform these adjustments routinely and know how to help a child stay calm and cooperative throughout the process.
If a child is too young or too fearful to cooperate for adjustment, the procedure can be completed with a brief secondary anesthetic in the recovery room without needing to return for surgery.
It depends upon the underlying cause of your child’s strabismus, but what is true in all cases is that the sooner the condition is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment will be.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”