Exotropia is a type of misalignment in the eye in which one or both of the eyes turn outward. Exotropia, commonly, results in frequent rubbing of the eye, double-vision, squinting or eye-strain. The most common way to diagnose Exotropia or outward drift of the eye is when the person is tired, feeling sick, or day-dreaming.
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?
In some cases, esotropia is a temporary problem and occurs and heals randomly too.