Ophthalmoplegia is a paralysis or weakness of one or more muscles of the eye. Due to this weakness patients would have blurred or double vision. The inability to move the eye or to position or focus them on an object and drooping eyelids could also be experienced. In some cases patients could also have muscle weakness in other parts of the body and difficulty swallowing.
HOW IS OPHTHALMOPLEGIA DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmoplegia can be diagnosed by a physical examination of the eye performed by an ophthalmologist. MRI and CT scans could be performed to study the eye more closely. Blood test to rule out any other disorders causing similar symptoms could be recommended.
HOW IS OPHTHALMOPLEGIA TREATED?
Treatment is not available for this illness, though some of the underlying symptoms are addressed here. For example, if the patient is thiamine deficient, then high doses of vitamin B1 are started to help in combating the issue. Eye exercises are also known to help in the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ophthalmoplegia can be congenital and children born with this disorder might not even be aware of the problems with vision that they are experiencing.