Adult strabismus is a condition in which each eye appears to look in a different direction. It is commonly termed, ‘lazy eyes’, misaligned eyes, wandering eyes, or crossed eyes. With adult strabismus, one eye may look straight ahead and the other eye turns inward, outward, upward, or downward.
Strabismus is a very misunderstood condition, as there are currently many common myths falsely held by the general public. To clear up some of the confusion surrounding this minor condition, we’ve debunked a few of the myths below:
Myth 1: Strabismus cannot be treated as an adult
This is absolutely false. Strabismus can be effectively treated in both children and adults.
Myth 2: Misalignment is only cosmetic, and will not be paid for by insurance carriers.
This too, is simply not true. Eye muscle surgery is almost always covered by medical insurance, and has nothing to do with a “vision plan.”
Myth 3: Eye muscle surgery is painful.
Eye muscle surgery is not painful at all, and doesn’t even require much time away from work and regular activities. Most patients report minimal discomfort, and are back to work in a couple of days.
Many adults with strabismus have simply never had the condition treated as a child, while in others, the condition may have actually worsened during the progression from childhood to adulthood. Alternatively, some adults have had strabismus surgery as a child, but the eyes have begun to drift again years later.
At Barry Wasserman, M.D., Dr. Wasserman will examine and treat patients with misaligned eyes at any stage. This includes both children and adults.
With Strabismus, surgery is often the best treatment option to balance the eye muscles.
During adult strabismus surgery, Dr. Wasserman straightens the eyes to make them work together binocularly. Patients sleep through the surgery, and will go home the same day.
Strabismus surgery does not involve any cutting of the skin, and will leave no scars on the skin afterward. During surgery, Dr. Wasserman will reposition the eye muscles on the sides of the eye, depending on which direction the eye is misaligned. Generally, dissolvable sutures will be used, and patients will not require eye patches, allowing them to return home with their eyes open and functional.
Recovery from surgery is typically very quick, with most patients resuming their normal activities in just a few days.