Yes! And it doesn’t require surgery. Surgery-free strabismus treatment takes into account the fact that the BRAIN controls and directs eye movements. Eye muscle surgery is exactly that, surgery to cut the eye muscles and place them in a position that is cosmetically straight. Eye muscle surgery is NOT brain surgery and so often times it merely provides a cosmetic result and no improvement in functioning binocular vision and depth perception. If the brain is not prepared to control and keep the eyes straight, the eyes will ‘go back’ or deviate after the surgery.
Vision Therapy works on a neurophysiology level to help rehabilitate the brain’s ability to control eye movements and is medically proven. If a child has a constant eye turn at an early age, eye muscle surgery may be considered in those circumstances. But, if the eye turn is not constant, do not be rushed into surgery by the surgeon. Contrary to the scare tactics used by surgeons, your child will not go blind if he/she doesn’t have the surgery right away, so please find a developmental/functional optometrist who will consider Vision Therapy and not merely surgery to pull the eyes into cosmetic alignment.
Studies show Vision Therapy for strabismus is effective at any age, although more favorable results are seen when the problem is detected early.