Hello CharlieAllene's mom,
I'm sorry to hear your baby is having issues with this as well. it is quite common for preemies to have vision problems, it seems.. Joshua has a common type of strabismus called, Infantile Esotropia, where the eye turns inward. In this case, Joshie's left eye is crossed inward. When one eye is out of alignment, two different pictures are sent to the brain. In a young child, the brain learns to ignore the image of the misaligned eye and sees only the image from the straight or better-seeing eye. The child then loses depth perception. If not treated, the misaligned eye may fail to develop good vision or may even lose vision permanently.
Joshua was recently fitted for eye glasses which he wore for two months in hopes that this would help straighten his left eye. The glasses helped straighten his eyeball a bit, but not enough as his eye is still significantly crossed. From my understanding, during the surgery, his eye muscles will be detached from the wall of the eye and repositioned depending on which direction the eye is turning. The procedure takes about an hour and my baby should be back to normal or at least wanting to move around and play by the next day.
In speaking with another eye doctor, they feel this surgery needs to be done. If left untreated, the eye can get weaker and can even lose vision. The procedure is scheduled for October 10th. I will let you know how it turns out and please keep me posted on your baby as well!