Surgery becoming preferred method for correcting strabismus in adults, article says.

The Chicago Tribune (7/29, Channick) reports that strabismus “a disease generally associated with children,” is now affecting an increasing number of adults. An “imbalance of the ocular muscles, strabismus causes crossed eyes, lazy eye and double vision, conditions that affect about four percent of the population, according to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.” In younger patients, “eye exercises, patches and surgery are often used to prevent visual impairment.” In adults, however, “a long-standing medical belief that corrective measures wouldn’t work…relegated” many “to years of thick prismatic glasses, which more or less bend the images into rough alignment.” Now, “surgery is becoming the preferred method for correcting the problem in adults.” It “involves detaching one or more of the six ocular muscles and repositioning them to allow the eyes to work in tandem, creating a unified image.”

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  1. It is great when surgery alone can resolve double vision and restore stereovision to a person with misaligned eyes. If an adult has a long-standing strabismus however, surgery alone may not be successful in improving vision. I was cross-eyed since early infancy and had 3 surgeries at ages 2, 3, and 7. Although the surgeries cosmetically aligned my eyes, I did not learn to merge the images from my two eyes and see in 3D until I was 48 years old and undertook a program of optometric vision therapy under the guidance of a developmental optometrist. Many individuals undergoing strabismic surgery will have a much greater chance of improved vision if optometric vision therapy is part of their treatment. Strabismic patients in general will be better served if ophthalmologists and developmental optometrists work together.
    Susan R. Barry, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology, Mount Holyoke College, author of Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions.

    • Thank you Dr. Barry for your insightful comments. I have read about your experience and find it fascinating. With your permission I would like to have my associate, Dr. Hannah Yecheskel, who practices developmental optometry get in touch with you in order to establish a relationship.
      Sincerely,
      Dr. Alan Glazier

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