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Adult Strabismus &
Eye Motility Disorders

Conditions involving problems with alignment, focusing, double vision or synchronized eye movement in maintaining single binocular vision is considered to be Strabismus. In the adult population this represents the largest group of acquired strabismus patients. These conditions can result from many concurrent medical diseases such as diabetes, strokes, hypertension, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, aneurysm, thyroid disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis etc.

Treatment of adult strabismus, however, has the ability to increase the quality of life for adults of any age. With treatment, a normal restoration of eye alignment will offer a sense of well being and confidence. 

A. Yes. Recent treatment advances allow most adults with misaligned eyes to have surgical correction.

A. No. Eye alignment surgery improves eye function in most adults and can lead to social and economic benefits.

A. Although eye muscle surgery is reconstructive (not cosmetic), one should check with the insurance carrier to determine their specific policy.

A. No. However, every surgical procedure has some risks. For strabismus surgery, the most common risks are residual misalignment and double vision (usually temporary). Health risks vary with the general health of the individual

A. Most individuals have significant improvement in eye alignment with one surgery. Occasionally the surgery is only partially successful and additional surgery may be indicated.

A. Discomfort after eye muscle surgery is usually a foreign body sensation in the eye, lasting several days. Over-the-counter pain medication often reduces the discomfort, although stronger medication is sometimes prescribed. Most patients return to full activity in several days. Some surgeons limit swimming and heavy physical activity for several weeks after surgery.

A. Eyes can be straightened at any age and should be considered as a treatment alternative if it enhances quality of life.

A. Eye alignment surgery is almost always performed as an outpatient procedure. Following surgery most individuals return to nearly all normal activities within a few days.