Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned and point in different directions. The eyes may cross, drift outward, or one may be higher than the other. Strabismus is due to an imbalance of the eye muscles. Because the eyes can't work together to focus properly, people with adult strabismus may develop double vision.
Strabismus affects about 4% of adults, most of whom have had untreated strabismus since childhood. However, strabismus can occur with no childhood history of misalignment, usually due to a medical condition such as diabetes, thyroid disease, Myasthenia Gravis, head trauma, high blood pressure, or stroke.
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Treatment Options for Adult Strabismus
To determine your treatment options for adult strabismus, see BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. Our eye doctors may recommend, prismatic glasses, Botox injections (infrequently), or eye surgery.
With eye surgery for adult strabismus, the goal is to realign the eye by changing the length or position of the eye muscles. When the patient is a good candidate, we use an adjustable suture method to correct the alignment.
With an adjustable suture strabismus surgery, the sutures are left long and secured with a temporary knot during the initial procedure. Then, shortly after the surgery, the patient's eye alignment is reevaluated. Based on the results, the eye surgeon may tighten or loosen the sutures. Once proper alignment is achieved, the suture is secured permanently in place.
Correcting adult strabismus is more than a cosmetic procedure. Many patients choose strabismus surgery to improve the quality of their eyesight, eliminate double vision issues, and improve their depth perception and field of vision.
Schedule an appointment with one of BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists' strabismus specialists by calling 920-327-7000, or request an appointment online.