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?
Non-surgical treatment may include glasses and in certain cases a patching therapy may be recommended. If the eyes are misaligned more often than they are straight, surgery on the eye muscles may be recommended in order to realign the eyes.
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.