Strabismus options…how do I choose?

Although I am a nurse by profession, none of the medical advice given here is offered from a professional perspective. My specialty is Allergy (see my website). Here, I’m just another strabismus patient who is learning along with you.

While I can’t offer medical advice, I can share what I’ve learned as a patient, and I can offer an overview of health care in general based on years of working with physicians and medical professionals. As in most medical specialties, there are differing opinions on the correct approach to treating strabismus.

Some doctors seem to feel eye muscle surgery is almost always to be avoided. This school of thought is that the eye muscle imbalance of strabismus is one of poor muscle control by the brain. Vision or orthoptic therapy is their recommendation.

Other doctors seem to feel vision therapy is worthless in treating strabismus. Their premise is that without surgery to correct the alignment, the brain cannot corral the eyes into unity.

Years ago when I started this strabismus journey, it wasn’t as easy to get the full picture. But today there’s no reason not to get an opinion from those in both schools of thought. Start by checking the links to AAO and AAPOS for a perspective on surgical treatment and to find a a Strabismus Surgeon. Also check the links to AOA and COVD to see what is available through vision therapy and to find a Behavioral Optometrist who can administer the therapy. These links are also on the right sidebar of this website.

So which perspective is the right one? Stay tuned, I’ll share my thoughts on that next time?.

4 thoughts on “Strabismus options…how do I choose?”

  1. I had strabismus surgery at age 13 years,it helped alin the eyes but I now have double vision and am 50 years old still with double vision and have now symtems of glucoma and Iritis with ocassional pain. If you had these conditions would you have a second surgery and it has been 37 years ago. I am a diabetic and have high blood peresure I have may headaches and my eyes hurt often. WOULD YOU TAKE A CHANCE? PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK A.S.A.S. THANK YOU. I will be seeing the child/adult surgen very soon, I work at a computer all day long!!!!!!!

  2. Ray,

    Ultimately you and your doctors will have to decide together what is best. With all the medical problems that affect your eyes, sounds like there are lots of issues to consider. As to double vision, if it were me I’d want to see an Optometrist that specializes in vision therapy (sometimes called developmental optometrist or behavorial optometrist) as well as the surgeon, and see what each had to offer.

    It’s hard to make those decisions. I know, have dealt with that myself. Different specialists recommend different things sometimes. Best wishes to you in it all, let us know how it goes.


  3. I had surgery and I can’t tell you what a mistake it was. Before surger my eyes went out.Something went “wrong” during the surgery and now my eyes go in and are crossed. You could say I am legally blind because even with prisms, my sight is not very good — double vision, distorted vision. I broke my arm because I did not see where I was going too clearly. My life is now a total nightmare. Don’t do it.

  4. It really depends on who does you’re surgery; find a professional, a trusted resource. Dr. Wendy Marshman was great for me, no issues at all. I had mine performed at the Royal Childrens Hospital, Australia. I still have a slight turn, but better than it was.

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