Congenital Exotropia Follow-up

Updated: Mar 22, 2016
  • Author: Mounir Bashour, MD, PhD, CM, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

A child with any form of strabismus is at risk of losing vision (amblyopia). Since these children present at a nonverbal age, it is imperative that a pediatric ophthalmologist screen and follow the visual status during the critical years of visual development.

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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • Amblyopia prevention by frequent ophthalmic examinations

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Complications

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  • Loss of depth perception

  • Amblyopia (loss of vision)

  • Neurological consequences if underlying neurologic diagnosis is undetected

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Prognosis

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  • Good restoration of binocular vision if detected and treated in time

  • Vision maintained if amblyopia is detected and treated while still at the critical age of visual development

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Patient Education

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  • Familial predisposition for siblings and offspring to develop this or other forms of strabismus

  • Awareness of potential loss of vision, loss of depth perception, and muscle restriction or shortening

  • Possible need for amblyopia treatment (patching)

  • Possible need for repeated surgical procedures

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