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?
The various tests done by the eye specialist are:
• Visual acuity measurement in each eye and both eyes together (age appropriate)
• Cycloplegic refraction (with dilating eye drops)
• External or slit lamp exam
• Fundus (retina) examination
• Complete eye exam (age appropriate)
HOW IS EXOTROPIA TREATED?
According to an ophthalmologist, Exotropia may be congenital or acquired. While Exotropia runs in some families, it is not imperative that all the family members acquire it.
DID YOU KNOW?
Exotropia can either occur from time to time, referred commonly as intermittent Exotropia, or may be constant, and it can be found in people of any age group.