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Adult Strabismus

Adult Strabismus clinicians provide comprehensive diagnoses and treatment for eye conditions that cause eye misalignment in adults 18 years and over.

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Diagnosis

Double Vision: When the eyes become misaligned (also known as crossed eye; lazy eye; wandering eye; strabismus), a patient will typically develop blurred vision, double vision or frontal headaches. This misalignment can occur from many different causes including diseases that affect the muscles, nerves or the brain. It is very important to understand the cause of the misalignment so that proper treatment can be provided.

Lazy Eye: Most people are familiar with children having a lazy eye, and they are surprised to know that lazy eyes can also develop in adulthood. Common causes for lazy eye in adulthood include vision loss and muscle or nerve weakness. Regardless of the cause, it can almost always be fixed.

Asthenopia: Some patients have an underlying tendency for the eyes to separate where the only symptoms are eye strain, forehead discomfort or headaches.

Convergence Insufficiency: Following trauma, patients can have many different reasons to have blurred or double vision. One of the most common causes is an inability for the eyes to work together when a patient is looking up close. This can cause fatigue and eye discomfort while reading.

Treatment

Our clinicians have expertise in diagnosing and treating all causes of adult strabismus. Treatments include prism therapy, Botox injections and strabismus surgery. In cases of double vision, we use an adjustable suture technique that allows the surgeon to further adjust the muscle position (if needed) following the completion of surgery so that the vast majority of patients go home that night with straight eyes without double vision.

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