Exotropia is a type of eye misalignment in which either one or both the eyes turn outward. Exotropia can be a permanent condition or it may occur intermittently. It can either be an acquired condition or it may be congenital. Symptoms are:
• Both or a single eye turning outwards
• Children may squint one eye in the sunlight or rub one eye
• Blurry vision
• Double vision when eye is misaligned
HOW IS EXOTROPIA DIAGNOSED?
There are a number of tests undertaken by an ophthalmology expert to check for the same. These include a vision acuity measurement test, retina examination and also a complete eye examination if needed.
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.