Strabismus survey: How does strabismus affect you?

graphs, mouse, and pencil[See photo credit at end of article]
This survey ran from 8/30/2006 to 9/30/2006.

Thanks to everyone who completed this survey. If you missed this one, we plan to do another survey soon. The survey simply stated, “If you have strabismus, please take our Strabismus Survey.” Here are the questions we asked:

  1. Do you have difficulty recognizing people in a crowd?
  2. Do you have problems recognizing faces even if there is no crowd?
  3. Does your strabismus make you more drowsy or more hyperactive?
  4. Do you have a tendency to be organized or disorganized?
  5. Do things that are unbalanced bother you?
  6. I would like to suggest the following question for future surveys:
  7. How would you rate this website (Eyes Apart: Living with stabismus)?

Continue reading to see the responses.

1. Do you have difficulty recognizing people in a crowd? Results were roughly half and half, with the “No’s” having a slight edge.

34 Responses

  • Yes ___ 16 / 34
  • No ____ 18 / 34

2. Do you have problems recognizing faces even if there is no crowd? Slightly more than 1/3 of those responding said “Yes” to this question. A little less than 2/3 indicated they have no problems with this.

34 Responses

  • Yes ___ 12 / 34
  • No ____ 22 / 34

3. Does your strabismus make you more drowsy or more hyperactive? The overwhelming response was “Drowsy due to the strain on my eyes,” and I wasn’t surprised. Eye fatigue causes drowsiness in a person without strabismus, so it is natural it would be even more so for us.

However, as the other responses indicate, we can be a bit hyperactive, even if drowsily so, since it is hard to focus on anything for long.

17 Responses
(Could choose one out of three possible answers)

  • Drowsy due to the strain on my eyes.
    13 / 17
  • Hyperactive because I have trouble focusing on anything for long.
    1 / 17
  • Sometimes my strabismus makes me drowsy, sometimes hyperactive.
    3 / 17

4. Do you have a tendency to be organized or disorganized? A little over half of those responding felt there is no relationship between strabismus and organization. Of those who saw a relationship, responses were again half and half, with the “organized” having a slight edge.

Personally, I don’t function well in disorganization, so have always tended to be organized. I think the strain in trying to see well enough to keep up with everything is at least partly responsible. In recent years, since my strabismus has worsened, I have been a lot more disorganized than I like. Not seeing straight makes it harder to keep everything else straight.

33 Responses
(Could choose one out of three possible answers)

  • Organized. Because my eyes are disorganized, I like everything else organized.
    8 / 33
  • Disorganized. Because my eyes are disorganized, I tend to be disorganized.
    7 / 33
  • I think my level of organization is a personality trait only, and not influenced by my strabismus.
    18 / 33

5. Do things that are unbalanced bother you? This was a “Check all all that apply” question. It’s probable that some people checked more than one answer and others did not check any.

The need to straighten a picture got the most positive responses. In retrospect, I’m not certain it was a good survey question for strabismus. Most likely everyone has a natural tendency to straighten a picture, whether they have strabismus or not. The “Leaning Tower” and the “art” questions correspond to my post Does this photo bother you? on 9/22/05.

(Check all that apply)

  • When I see a photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I want to turn the page or click away from it.
    5 checks
  • I just have to straighten a picture that is hanging crooked on the wall.
    17 checks
  • I am a good judge of art, and can quickly spot a art that does not have a sense of balance.
    5 checks

6. I would like to suggest the following question for future surveys: Readers could type as many ideas as they wanted into the response box. Some respondents shared one idea, some offered many.

(Multiple responses)

  • Many great suggestions were received relating to social problems, strabismus symptoms, problems driving, vision therapy, and strabismus surgery. I plan to include as many as I can in future surveys. Thank you!

7. How would you rate this website (Eyes Apart: Living with stabismus)? Our ratings rounded off to 3.7 stars.

32 Responses

  • 1 star _____ 1 / 32
  • 2 stars ____ 6 / 32
  • 3 stars ____ 5 / 32
  • 4 stars ___ 10 / 32
  • 5 stars ___ 10 / 32

Thanks to all who took time to fill out this survey! Watch for a new survey soon.

These are the results of a random survey filled out by readers of this blog, and it makes no claim to being a scientific survey.

Photo credit: Simone Sold?

2 thoughts on “Strabismus survey: How does strabismus affect you?”

  1. 1. yes
    2. yes
    3. heperactive/nervous
    4. personal trait
    5. i see slanted
    6.

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