Exotropia is a condition of the eye where one or even both of the eyes tend to turn outwards. It is a common kind of strabismus or deviation of the eye. The most common symptom of the illness is the eye turning outwards and usually this is accompanied with reduced vision, trouble seeing and also sensitivity to the eye.
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?
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?
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.