David Marshall writes:
Dr. David Guyton at the Wilmer Eye Institue of Johns Hopkins sent this to me along with some other articles, but this one is a very powerful reminder of how crippling strabismus can be to those of us who suffer from it. It is a study conducted by George R Beauchamp, MD, Joost Felius, PhD, David R Stager, Sr, MD,and Cynthia L Beauchamp, MD from the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dr G. Beauchamp, Dr Felius, Dr Stager, Dr C. Beauchamp), and the Retina Foundation of the Southwest (Dr Felius), Dallas, Texas.
This study shows 60% of those studied indicated willingness to trade part of their life expectancy in return for being rid of strabismus and its associated effects. You can find a link here.
It speaks volumes about how debilitating strabismus can be.
This interesting item above is shared by David Marshall (who also provided some input for last week’s post.) The study linked in David’s item is called “The Utility of Strabismus in Adults.” “Utility” is defined in the article as “quality-of-life weight.”
[Update 7/9/2010: When I published this, I never expected people to actually answer the question posed in the title. During the time I was away with illness, I continued to approve comments to the blog. I am surprised and saddened that so many responded, “Yes,” to that question. This answer pierces my heart with the struggle that many with turned eyes face every day.
My personal answer to that question is, “No.” Of course, I’m 63, so I don’t have a huge amount of life left to trade at this point. But, beyond that, I have always been challenged by struggle, and the older I get the more exciting life is in spite of my vision and other health problems. I love to find “work-arounds.” If one door closes, I keep opening others until I find one with good things behind it. Keeps me busy, keeps my mind off of my difficulties, and the pay-off is great. Give it a try!]
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