Strabismus

strabismusStrabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, is a common condition encountered in the pediatric population, affecting approximately 4% of children younger than 6 years of age. It is an important ocular disorder that can disable sight in one eye and have significant ocular effects. Early detection and treatment of strabismus is essential to prevent permanent visual impairment. Of children with strabismus, 30% to 50% will develop secondary visual loss, or amblyopia. Restoration of proper alignment of the visual axis must occur at an early stage of visual development to allow these children a chance to develop normal binocular vision.

Another common type of strabismus is exotrophia, or an outward turning eye. This typically occurs when a child is focusing on objects at a distance. This may happen only from time to time, especially when a child is tired or daydreaming.

As the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at Total Eye Care, Dr. Judith Lavrich treats children and adults with double vision, turning of the eyes, tearing disorders and dry eyes. She has extensive experience in the surgical correction of misaligned eyes in adults and children and has been sought out for her proficiency in this area. Dr. Lavrich is an Associate Surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology. She provides same day surgery for her patients at Wills Eye Hospital Surgical Center in Northeast Philadelphia and St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.

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