Patients with Pfeiffer Syndrome often have Amblyopia (lazy eyes) due to Strabismus. Strabismus is when the eyes don’t follow the same gaze to a fixed point; one of the eyes may line up wider, further in, or up/down from the other eye. It may happen only when looking in one direction. For people with Pfeiffer Syndrome, Strabismus is generally caused by inadequate muscle strength due to shallow eye sockets, where the eye control muscles have less room to develop. Strabismus can cause double vision, eye strain, and depth perception problems.
Orthoptics treatment is geared toward increasing eye muscle strength through eye exercises and may involve wearing an eye patch (usually home-based treatment). Vision Therapy treatment focuses on the neurological control system of the eye and alters the entire nervous system and reflexive behavior (done at the ophthalmologist’s office).
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