Strabismus is also called cross-eyes, lazy eye, turned eye, squint, double vision, wall eyes, floating, wandering, wayward, or drifting eyes. Associated medical terms are amblyopia, esotropia, exotropia, hypertropia, diplopia or cranial nerve palsy.
Strabismus affects approximately 2-4% of the population in the U.S.
This translates into approximately 1 in every 25 to 50 people whose eye turns to some degree at least part of the time.
That?s 6 to 12 million people who have lived with eyes apart in the U.S. alone.
A world wide estimate, based on the figures above, would be 130 to 260 million people affected by strabismus. Continue reading
In 1964 I graduated from what was then known as Sparks School of Nursing. I passed my license exam (on the first try!) and I was an R.N. My eyes may have slowed me down a bit, but I never saw them as a handicap. Here’s a photo from my nursing student days. Continue reading
After the Ophthalmologist sent his report, and before I could go for the final interview, I received a notice from Baptist Hospital that I wouldn?t be accepted in their program after all because of the severity of my eye condition. I was devastated. I knew my eyes were not bad enough to keep me from my dream, and I determined to find a way to make it come true. Continue reading
When I was nine, I was diagnosed with intermittent alternating bilateral exotropia. In the 1950’s there weren’t as many therapies available as now. Mild prisms were put in my glasses to relieve some of the strain, and I was told to move my finger to my nose and watch it to strengthen the muscles. Continue reading