Paralysis or weakness experienced in the muscles of the eye are the main signs of a condition called ophthalmoplegia. The eye is controlled and held in place by six muscles, which also has a bearing on the eye movements. This condition may affect any of the six muscles of the eye and lead to symptoms like swallowing difficulties, abnormal position of the eyes, and blurry vision.
HOW IS OPHTHALMOPLEGIA DIAGNOSED?
The condition can be diagnosed by an ophthalmology specialist with a physical examination. MRI and CT scan may be required to study the eye more closely. The doctor may ask for blood tests to rule out other health ailments that may cause this condition.
HOW IS OPHTHALMOPLEGIA TREATED?
Treatment is based on diagnosis. Children born with the condition tend to get accustomed over time. Adults with sudden onset ophthalmoplegia can be fitted for special glasses, or wear an eye patch to relieve double vision and help achieve normal vision.
DID YOU KNOW?
The treatment will largely depend on the type of muscle that has been affected and the severity of the condition.