If your strabismus gets bad enough…

During my 20’s and 30’s I continued to be an avid reader. My family used to quickly steer me away from books when we were shopping. “Don’t let Mom start looking at those books, or we’ll be here all day!”

I had discarded my prism glasses while I was in nursing school. My Ophthalmologist said they would weaken my eye muscles by allowing the eyes to drift and still see. By forcing my eyes to focus without them, I’d be strengthening the eye muscles.

I saw several Opthalmologists and Optometrists during the next 2 decades. When I was in my late 30’s, I had to have glasses again, but only for reading. I always asked them, “Isn’t there anything else we can do? It is getting harder for me to maintain my focus to read.”

The answer I most often got is, “If it gets bad enough, we can do surgery.”

I always wondered, “What do they consider ‘bad enough’?”

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