Keeping company in the strabismus boat!

[I received the following letter from a reader named Celia, and she gave me permission to share it here. The boat? I put us on the “Grandeur of the Seas.” We may as well enjoy the trip!]Grandeur of the sea boat

Dear Lois,

My name is Celia and I have exotropia and hypertropia.

I was so excited to find your blog. I am 31 and will be having my second strabismus surgery the first week in April. I had my first when I was 9. I have been putting it off and putting it off but I have had to have so much prism recently it’s driving me crazy. Please keep your blog going. It’s nice to know someone else is in the same boat!


Photo credit: “Grandeur of the Seas” by Keith Syvinski

3 thoughts on “Keeping company in the strabismus boat!”

  1. Celia,

    Thanks for writing! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

    Best wishes with your upcoming surgery. It would be great if you’d come back and comment here or how it went for you.


  2. [Followup comment from Celia by way of Lois (Admin)]

    My name is Celia and I wrote a while back that I would soon be having my second surgery for strabismus. Well, I am now almost 2 weeks post-op and am doing very well. I still have light sensitivity, a slight sandpapery feeling and a slight discharge in the mornings but other than that am almost back to normal or better than normal I should say!

    My dr. said I was a difficult case because I had exotropia in both eyes and hypertropia in my (stronger) left eye. Far off double vision was 4 or 5 degrees more than close up. He had his work cut out for him. He ended up operating on both outside muscles and the top muscle on my left eye by moving them back or making them weaker. He chose to tie the top muscle off with an adjustable suture just to be sure. I did NOT want to do this again! Ha. He patched that eye. The next morning at my post op visit he decided that we were just fine as is and tied it off for which I am most grateful. It was hard enough letting him tie the silly thing off. I can’t imagine if he had had to adjust it.

    I went back today for him to release me and he was very pleased, as am I. If I see double at all it is barely noticeable. I have been fusing double images far worse than this for so long that this is nothing!! Today he confirmed that I can keep regular glasses with NO PRISMS!!! Praise God. I’m so sick of prisms I could scream. I am very blessed. Again, I thank you for this site and hope all is well with you.

    Feel free to post all or parts of this and or write me back.

  3. Celia, that’s wonderful. I’m glad to hear things are going so well for you! Thanks for updating us, and keep us posted!

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