Common eye conditions


Strabismus is a vision condition characterized by an eye misalignment, where the eyes do not point in the same direction. One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye may turn inward (esotropia), outward (exotropia), upward (hypertropia), or downward (hypotropia). This misalignment can be constant or intermittent and can affect one or both eyes.

Strabismus can lead to double vision because the brain receives conflicting visual information from the two eyes. In response, the brain may suppress or ignore the input from one eye, which can lead to a condition called amblyopia in the suppressed eye. Amblyopia can result in reduced vision in the affected eye if left untreated.

Strabismus can have various causes, including problems with the eye muscles, nerve issues, or a family history of the condition. It can manifest in children as early as infancy or develop in adulthood. It is essential to diagnose and treat strabismus, especially in children, because early intervention can help prevent amblyopia and improve eye alignment.

Treatment for strabismus may involve:

  • Eyeglasses: In some cases, prescription glasses can help correct the alignment of the eyes.
  • Eye patches or atropine drops: These can be used to encourage the weaker eye to work and develop stronger vision, particularly if amblyopia has developed.
  • Vision therapy: This involves a series of eye exercises and activities to improve eye coordination and strengthen the eye muscles.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgical correction of the eye muscles may be necessary to realign the eyes. This is often considered when other treatments have not been successful or when there is a significant misalignment.

The treatment approach for strabismus depends on the individual's age, the severity of the condition, and the underlying cause. Should you or family member develop strabismus, urgent investigation by the team at Rose Optometry will help determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

Frequently asked questions

What does an optometrist do?

In NZ an optometrist can calculate the prescription for glasses, fit contact lenses, diagnose and treat eye conditions and infections with medication. They can also manage ocular injuries including removing foreign objects. If surgery or specialist treatment is required they can refer to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), hospital, or other health care specialist. NZ-trained optometrists must complete a 5-year degree at the University of Auckland before becoming registered.

What is a dispensing optician (sometimes called a “dispenser”)?

A dispensing optician has formal training in optical dispensing. They are qualified to help a client choose frames, read a prescription, discuss lens options, take measurements, order and fit glasses.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment of serious eye disease and ocular surgery such as cataract removal. They do not typically prescribe glasses or contact lenses.

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