Strabismus is commonly referred to as “wandering eye” or “crossed eyes.” Strabismus occurs when the eyes are not aligned with one another. Misalignment of the eyes can cause a number of symptoms, including double vision – the most common symptom of strabismus.
Adult strabismus can be the result of untreated childhood strabismus. It can also be the result of an injury or disease, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, brain tumors, myasthenia gravis, cranial nerve palsies, strokes or other neurological conditions.
Adult strabismus is usually a treatable condition. Adults benefit from the same treatment options that are available to children. Treatment can include one or more of the following:
to improve vision and help control eye alignment
which may include one prism prescription for distance tasks and a different prism prescription for near distance tasks
to physically lengthen, shorten or move eye muscles to improve gross (major) eye misalignment
to treat double vision and improve minor eye misalignment, or prescribed post-surgically for patients who continue to experience double vision following strabismus surgery
Adults strabismus treatment is prescribed to:
- Eliminate double vision (diplopia)
- Improve 3D vision (depth perception)
- Eliminate headaches caused by double vision
- Eliminate abnormal head posture (tilting of the head)
- Improve social interaction, self-confidence and employment opportunities
If you are having any abnormal visual symptoms, are experiencing double vision, or suspect you may have adult strabismus, please contact our office. An examination and consultation with one of our doctors can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.