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Common Strabismus

Concomitant (or common) strabismus occurs when the angle of deviation of the eyes remains constant independent of the direction of gaze and includes those conditions listed in the table below.

Name of Disorder

Esotropia:

  • infantile
  • intermittent
  • accommodative
  • non accommodative

Exotropia

Hypertropia

Dissociated vertical deviation

Microstrabismus

Monofixation

Very little is known about the pathogenesis of common strabismus and, although there is significant evidence for a genetic basis, no disease or susceptibility genes have been identified.

We are commencing research in collaboration with Department of Ophthalmology and the General Clinical Research Center at Boston Children's Hospital to identify disease and susceptibility genes for these forms of strabismus and hope this work will lead to identification of individuals at risk, improve our ability to detect and prevent amblyopia (reduced vision in a healthy eye) and loss of binocular vision, and provide insight into the pathogenesis of these common disorders.

Please contact Caroline Andrews to obtain further information on this research study.

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