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Can you have strabismus without your vision being affected?

Can you have strabismus without your vision being affected?

Strabismus: Yes. Some people with strabismus have double vision and reduced stereo vision (depth perception). Many people with strabismus see very well-- they do not have double vision and their eyes work together well. It is simply a matter of degree, since the brain can compensate for small amounts of strabismus. See you local eye doctor if you are having double vision or trouble focusing. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Can I have strabismus without vision being affected?

Can I have strabismus without vision being affected?

Yes: If you have alternate vision meaning that you see with one eye at a time this way one does not develop a lazy eye. ...Read more

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How is your vision changed when you have strabismus?

How is your vision changed when you have strabismus?

Strabismus: If only one eye is involved, the normal eye tends to dominate the work of focusing to the detriment of the lazy eye. This problem, however, can be fixed with patching the normal eye, glasses and/or surgery. If both eyes are involved, the stronger eye will dominate. In either case, consult your ohpthalmologist. ...Read more

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Would vision therapy fix my strabismus?

Would vision therapy fix my strabismus?

Unlikely: Vision therapy supposedly improves the efficiency of vision but cannot in any circumstance improve eye position which is what is dysfunctional in strabismus. Vision therapy is untested, unproven and generally a big waste of time and money. Check with an ophthalmologist who is a specialist in strabismus in your area (frequently pediatric ophthalmologists) for the best information on your eyes. ...Read more

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Can you cure strabismus through vision therapy?

Can you cure strabismus through vision therapy?

In some cases: Certain forms of strabismus can be controlled with a proper refraction and may require patching or other therapy if amblyopia has already developed. Not all cases require surgery. ...Read more

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Can vision therapy cure or help with adult strabismus?

Can vision therapy cure or help with adult strabismus?

Sometimes: In certain cases, where the eye turn is not constant and normal retinal function is still present, vision therapy can give patients better control and minimize the time the turn is present. You should be evaluated by a strabismus surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure strabismus through vision therapy?

How long does it take to cure strabismus through vision therapy?

It may never cure: Strabismus can occasionally be improved by vision therapy, but more often requires multiple treatments, including glasses and even surgery. Even once the strabismus has improved, it can return years later, especially if the original treatment was begun at an older age, or did not completely treat it. ...Read more

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Is a 4th surgery recommended for adult strabismus bc of double vision?

Maybe: If you are having double vision and measurements are consistent, then a 4th surgery may be considered. Your surgeon will not to be cautious not to disrupt too many muscle since this increases the risk of anterior segment ischemia. ...Read more

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Ten days after having bi lateral strabismus surgery, my double vision is back. Can I use my specs that have a prism, or do I have to try and manage?

Ten days after having bi lateral strabismus surgery, my double vision is back. Can I use my specs that have a prism, or do I have to try and manage?

See your surgeon: The prism glasses you already have may not work, because the measurements have probably changed. If you haven't already done so, try on your glasses--they may help a little with the double. If you do not have a follow up appointment scheduled with your surgeon, you should make one. ...Read more

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Is it true that the chances of strabismus surgery succeeding is much lower if you have very bad vision in one eye?

Generally yes: The eyes are aligned by coordination of the visual input. If one eye has poor vision then that signal to yours eyes is diminished and the chance of re-drifting after strabismus surgery is greater. You may still enjoy a long period of decent eye alignment and the procedure generally can be repeated. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is true that the chances of strabismus surgery succeeding is much lower if u have very bad vision in 1 eye?

Please explain if it is true that the chances of strabismus surgery succeeding is much lower if u have very bad vision in 1 eye?

This is true: The surgery generally works well whether or not there is poor vision in one eye. However in people who lack good vision in one eye, the strabismus is more likely to recur. ...Read more

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What are the best lenses for strabismus? (exo) are toric or multifocals better? Doctor said there can't be surgery at this stage. Also, are progressive/bifocal glasses better than single vision?

What are the best lenses for strabismus? (exo) are toric or multifocals better? Doctor said there can't be surgery at this stage. Also, are progressive/bifocal glasses better than single vision?

Lenses may not help: If you have a lazy eye, no lens will "fix" it. However, any lens that gets you to your best corrected vision will help but I usually recommend staying away from multifocals in lazy eyes. If you still have a muscle problem--this should be addressed by a strabismus surgeon. ...Read more

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Daughter had strabismus surgery 2mo bk &still HS double vision. When'll it go away? Doc says she HS 8 prism inward squint in 1 eye fm 40 outward before

Daughter had strabismus surgery 2mo bk &still HS double vision. When'll it go away? Doc says she HS 8 prism inward squint in 1 eye fm 40 outward before

The results sound: Good. In eye muscle surgery the aim is to get the eyes aligned within 10 prism diopters. A person 4 years should be able to fuse the images together with this result. Ask the surgeon! ...Read more

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What is strabismus?

What is strabismus?

Crossed eyes: Strabismus is when the eyes do not move together to look at the same thing. It can be there all the time, or it can be intermittant. ...Read more

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Is strabismus fixable?

Yes: Yes. Some forms are more complex and are more difficult to fix but for the most part strabismus is fixable. ...Read more

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How rare is strabismus?

Strabismus: Reported incidence in adults & older adults is around 50 per 100, 00, depending on the type;- Paralytic form is 44%. Convergence insufficiency form 16%. Small angle hypertropia 13%. Divergence insufficiency 10%. Lifetime risk 4%. (American Academy of Ophthalmology publication 2014). ...Read more

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How does strabismus worsen?

How does strabismus worsen?

Strabismus: Strabismus occurs when the eye are not aligned properly, so they do not work well together. In some people, this misalignment worsens over time. If it occurs only occasionally, no intervention is needed. If the misalignment worsens, double vision may result. This can be fixed with prism glasses. If special glasses don't work, surgery to straighten the eyes may be needed. ...Read more

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What causes adult strabismus?

What causes adult strabismus?

Adult strabismus: Adult strabismus has multiple causes, including worsening of the natural eye alignment, trauma, brain tumors (rare), etc. If you are starting to have double vision, or if you are noticing trouble focusing, call your ophthalmologist for an appointment and have someone else drive you to the appointment. ...Read more

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How can strabismus be treated?

How can strabismus be treated?

Glasses, surgery etc: In affected children with strabismus (misaligned eyes), the main goal is development of good and equal vision in both eyes. Another goal is to establish good alignment between the eyes to give a normal appearance. These goals can often be accomplished with a combination of patching the weaker eye, glasses, or eye muscle surgery. In adults, the main goal is normal appearance since vision is stable. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more