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  FAQ's for Strabismus


What is strabismus?
What is esotropia?
Can this deviation in the eye cause problems in vision?
How can this visual condition with this type of strabismus be avoided?
What is exotropia?
When does exotropia become a problem?
What is the treatment for this deviation?
Will these eye deviations be gone with time, that is, when the kid gets older?
If kids cross their eyes by themselves, i.e., voluntarily, and does this for a long time, will this cause their eyes to stay like that forever?
What is acquired strabismus?
Is acquired strabismus normal?
What are the other causes that can produce strabismus?
How many types of strabismus can there be in adults?
What does strabismus generated during childhood entail?
If an adult is affected with strabismus generated during childhood, can they recover?
What can be offered as a solution to patients with this kind of strabismus from childhood?
What is acquired strabismus in adults?
When will I be able to return to my normal activities?

What is strabismus?
It is a lack of alignment in the eyes. It can be inwards, outwards, downwards or upwards.


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What is esotropia?
It is a deviation that can occur in a congenital manner, that is, since birth until 6 months of age. They are usually big deviations that require prompt attention.


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Can this deviation in the eye cause problems in vision?
The eye suffering from this inwards deviation will not develop adequately since all of its visual pathway is being affected by it. As consequence, the eye starts to lose its vision, every day more and more. If this deviation is left unattended by an ophthalmologist until reaching adulthood, it will not be able to recover.


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How can this visual condition with this type of strabismus be avoided?
If the kid is taken to an ophthalmologist and is treated as soon as possible (as soon as the condition is detected), the vision that is being lost will be able to recuperate with lens correction or surgery. This way they will be able to have an adequate visual development.


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What is exotropia?
This kind of deviation is very common among children and shows itself around 1 year of age, though it can also occur when the child is 4 or 5. This kind of deviation is outwards and sometimes it shows itself intermittently, that is, eyes will be occasionally normal and the deviation outwards happens sporadically.


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When does exotropia become a problem?
It becomes a problem when the deviation starts occurring more frequently.


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What is the treatment for this deviation?
The treatment is visual therapy, glasses or surgery performed by an ophthalmologist.


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Will these eye deviations be gone with time, that is, when the kid gets older?
The fact is that during the first 4 months of life this can be temporary. During the first few months, the brain is not fully mature and the kid may present this deviation in their eyes. However, after the first 4 months of life, the child’s eyes should not deviate since this is not something that will go away on its own. It requires visual therapy, glasses, and sometimes, treatment with botulinic toxins or surgery. It all depends of each child and their case in particular.


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If kids cross their eyes by themselves, i.e., voluntarily, and does this for a long time, will this cause their eyes to stay like that forever?
No, a kid with straight eyes can create this “deviation” and return to normal as if nothing had happened.


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What is acquired strabismus?
These are cases in which deviation occurs in children or adults suddenly, that is, one day a 7-year-old child might wake up with a deviated eyesight, saying they see double. This is not normal and there may be multiple causes: they can range from a virus to a tumor in the head, and they need to be immediately evaluated by an ophthalmologist.


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Is acquired strabismus normal?
No, it is not normal for a child whose vision was normal after their first 4 months of life to have a sudden eye deviation. They require immediate medical assistance by an ophthalmologist.


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What are the other causes that can produce strabismus?
Many times, these outwards deviations occur when a child is not seeing well with one of their eyes. It can be due to a cataract, tumor, retinal detachment or congenital strabismus. In many of these cases, these can be solved with glasses which is why it is very important that an ophthalmologist specialized in strabismus evaluates this condition.


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How many types of strabismus can there be in adults?
Two types: strabismus generated during childhood and acquired strabismus.


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What does strabismus generated during childhood entail?
It is the one that occurred during childhood: when an eye deviates, all of its visual pathway doesn’t develop and if the child reaches maturity (adult age), this visual pathway will not develop ever.


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If an adult is affected with strabismus generated during childhood, can they recover?
No, vision will not be able to recuperate or rehabilitate as it could have been during childhood.


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What can be offered as a solution to patients with this kind of strabismus from childhood?
They can get a cosmetic arrangement for their deviation. This won’t be able to improve vision, as previously mentioned vision recovery is not possible, however, cosmetically they will be able to look straight or normally so that their eye won’t show its deviation. It can help to improve self-esteem, work relations, and life in general.


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What is acquired strabismus in adults?
Some of the main causes of acquired strabismus can be a spike in diabetes, hypertension, myringitis, infection or a virus, as well as a brain tumor, which will require a surgery.


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When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
It is recommended that you “rest relatively” during these 2 weeks. Relative rest means to lay down but also wander around your house, without going out. On the fifth or sixth day, you can go out with sunglasses to protect yourself from sunlight and dust.


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