Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020
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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Strabismus is a condition in which both eyes do not line up along the same viewing plane, meaning that while one eye may be locked on to an object, the other eye is looking at a different point of reference around the object. This is caused when the muscles that control each eye do not communicate in the same way with the brain, or communicate with each other, causing two images of two different areas of vision to be sent to the brain. This can easily confuse the brain, and, if the condition is not treated, can lead to vision loss in the affected eye as the brain filters out the “incorrect” image from the crossed eye. If left untreated, strabismus leads to a condition known as amblyopia.

Symptoms of Strabismus

Very common early symptoms of strabismus are vision related and may present as:

  • Double vision
  • Issues with depth perception
  • Visibly crossed eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Mild disorientation can be a more physiological sign of vision issues, especially if “seeing double”

More serious symptoms, which emerge if the impairment is not treated, can be reduced vision in one eye, uncoordinated eye movements and/or loss of muscle control over one eye.

Treatment of Strabismus

If caught early enough, treatment of strabismus may be as simple as corrective eyewear and a course of vision therapy designed to strengthen the communication and coordination between both eyes. This course can include tracking objects with one eye closed and the other open, the temporary wearing of an eye patch to help the inferior eye strengthen muscle coordination, and muscle exercises to train the muscles of the eye and face to help turn the inferior eye the correct amount commanded by the brain.
For more moderate cases, longer term use of an eye patch over the dominant eye can force the inferior eye to “learn” how to see properly and communicate effectively again. This eye patch can last extended periods of time, depending on the severity of vision impairment. In almost all cases, some form of vision correction such as contact lenses or eyeglasses are also issued.
In the rarest and most serious of cases, specialist surgery to realign the eyes may be needed, as well as vision therapy and muscle training after surgery to ensure that recovery is as successful as possible. Complications may arise if vision loss caused the strabismus to form in the first place, as the vision loss needs to be addressed first before any surgery can be successful.

What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
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Eyewear Boutique

Looking for a new pair of designer frames, some prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, or to fill your contact lens prescription? Our eyewear boutique offers the latest fashionable eyewear as well as a diverse selection of contact lenses.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.

Address

1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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