Exotropia is a form of eye misalignment or strabismus in which one or both of the eyes turn outward. It may be intermittent occurring from time to time or it may be congenital or may be constant. It is commonly known as walleye and is found in every age group. It generally affects the children with visual symptoms occurring between one to six years.
HOW IS EXOTROPIA DIAGNOSED?
An ophthalmologist diagnoses cases of Exotropia and a close examination of the eye including an ocular motility evaluation allows the doctor to accurately treat cases of Exotropia. While surgery is recommended to treat Exotropia, in many cases, doctors recommend vision therapy to correct Exotropia which includes visual exercises.
HOW IS EXOTROPIA TREATED?
Non-surgical treatment may include glasses or patching therapy. If the eyes are misaligned more often than they are straight and patient is experiencing eyestrain, double vision, squinting, then surgery on the eye muscles is recommended in order to realign the eyes. Surgery by ophthalmologist to correct Exotropia is performed to toughen or wane the effect of one or more of the muscles that move the eye.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases, esotropia is a temporary problem and occurs and heals randomly too.