Those with a permanently turned eye look into the mirror and the person who looks back at them cannot look them straight in the eye. They have been made the brunt of jokes and teasing. They have often been shunned, turned down for jobs they could do well, and left out of social gatherings.
But others have strabismus that is less noticeable. They can hold both eyes fairly straight part of the time. Often the drift alternates from one eye to the other. This is the type of strabismus I have. Those with a permanent drift learn to see quite well with the straighter eye. But because our visual field is constantly changing, depending on whether both eyes are straight, or which eye is out, and to what degree, it’s harder for us to see with the various eye arrangements. The struggle to see is often the primary issue for us.
Whichever type of strabismus we have, the drifting and vision problems tend to worsen as we get older. There are no easy answers. Even the doctors who treat us are unable to guarantee success. There are hard questions, such as “Should I have surgery (or more surgery)?” “Will vision therapy help?” “Where should I start?”
This website provides some perspectives and resources. If you are feeling down about your eyes, my suggestion would be to start with the Inspirations section. Then explore the other areas from the right menu. Get opinions from medical experts in the various specialties related to vision. You are worth every effort it takes to get the help you need!
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