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Exotropia is a type of eye misalignment in which either one or both the eyes turn outward. Exotropia can be a permanent condition or it may occur intermittently. It can either be an acquired condition or it may be congenital. Symptoms are:
• Both or a single eye turning outwards
• Children may squint one eye in the sunlight or rub one eye
• Blurry vision
• Double vision when eye is misaligned
HOW IS EXOTROPIA DIAGNOSED?
There are a number of tests undertaken by an ophthalmology expert to check for the same. These include a vision acuity measurement test, retina examination and also a complete eye examination if needed.
HOW IS EXOTROPIA TREATED?
In children, the same can be controlled to a great extent through eye exercises and helping them in a controlled environment. On the other hand, if the exotropia is extreme, then the one may have to undergo surgery. In most cases, the use of corrective eye glasses followed with medications works.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 3 types of Exotropia, namely, intermittent, sensory and consecutive.