Strabismus and posture

A former professor at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, told me of an interesting experience. He said one of his instructors walked around a classroom, observing posture. His instructor could tell just by looking at their posture what visual problems the students he observed would likely have.

This was especially interesting to me, because I have a mild scoliosis. My spine curves in an “S” going one direction at the top, and balancing itself in a different direction at the bottom so that I am able to stand straight. You’d likely not even notice my scoliosis. But if you looked closely, you’d see that my right shoulder is lower than the left and it droops forward a little.

The Behavioral Optometrist who does my vision therapy confirmed that there is often a relationship between posture and strabismus. She thought my scoliosis was especially interesting also, since it is almost a mirror of the way my eyes compensate.

The outward turn of my eyes alternates from one eye to the other, so that when one eye gets tired and loses focus, the other eye compensates by carrying the focus. That arrangement lasted me well until recently when both eyes seem to tire of the focus more quickly.

Here’s an interesting item I found:
Visual Deficiency and Scoliosis

2 thoughts on “Strabismus and posture”

  1. I’ve read this before and I find it very interesting. I have Strabismus and was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12. A pretty bad case of it… almost like I was leaning to one side.

    My mom brought me to a chiropractor and since I was still growing, it was fairly easy to treat and my spine straightened almost completely. I remember during that time I had the worst headaches imaginable.

    Possibly because my eyes had become adjusted to seeing things partially sideways for so long because of the slant in my back? My left eyeball still sees a little higher up than my right, something my body probably started doing because of the strabismus.

    Babbling; my point is I find this interesting and can totally see how it could happen. However….. which came first; the chicken or the egg?
    I had strabismus when I was a toddler. But not scoliosis. Didn’t have that til I was around 12. That’s when I was diagnosed anyways. Could I have had it as a toddler? Yeah, I guess.

    So I wonder– did my spine adjust to my eyes/brain or vice versa? Hmmmmmmmm

  2. I don’t know the answer to the chicken and the egg question, Candace, I’ve wondered that myself. Maybe at some point someone with more info on this will shed some light on it for us.

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