Adults with Strabismus
There are six muscles on each eye that control movement of the eye, and the brain helps to control and coordinate the eye muscles. When the coordination of the eye muscles is poorly functioning, eye misalignment also known as strabismus occurs. Adults may have strabismus either from a residual childhood strabismus or they may acquire strabismus in adulthood.
Strabismus, or eye misalignment, can cause eye strain and sometimes cause disabling double vision. Studies have shown that strabismus can affect adult's social interactions, self-confidence, and may even affect employment opportunities. Realigning the eyes is "reconstructive" and not strictly "cosmetic" and can help to improve quality of life for people.
What to Bring to Your Visit with the Adult Strabismus Specialist
In general, any prior and recent operative reports, prior brain imaging studies, and any childhood and also more recent eye exam records are helpful. If you have used prism glasses, please bring those glasses with you. You may wear contacts to your exam if that is what you typically wear; please just bring your backup pair of glasses in case we ask you to take out the contact lenses. If you are especially sensitive to lights after dilation, consider bringing along somebody to help drive you home.