Identifying and Treating Adult Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Hypertropia strabismus

Hypertropia strabismus

Most cases of strabismus are dealt with in the childhood years, which means, by the time the individual is an adult, they won’t have a problem with their eyesight any more.

However, in some instances, strabismus can continue into adulthood. It can even develop in later years, caused by conditions such as diabetes, trauma to the head or a stroke. If you’re an adult and suffer from strabismus, then don’t worry, it can be treated.

What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is commonly known as ‘crossed eyes’ and is relatively easy to identify, as the eyes are generally not aligned with one another. This can not only cause self-consciousness, but also problems with sight, including double-vision, lack of coordination in eye movement and loss of depth perception.

Does Treating it Involve Surgery?

Whether or not you’ll need surgery depends largely on the nature of your condition. In certain cases, strabismus can be treated using prescription glasses or an eye patch, which helps to strengthen the muscles surrounding the eye.

The surgery for strabismus doesn’t actually involve the eye itself, but the muscles around it. During the procedure, your ophthalmic surgeon will focus on detaching the muscle and realigning it, with the aim of helping the muscles hold the eye correctly.


As with any operation, the area may feel sore and bruised afterwards. You may notice redness in the eye, but this is very normal. Most people will be fully recovered within a couple of weeks. However, your ophthalmologist will regularly assess your recovery as part of their aftercare service, to ensure that you stay safe and healthy.

Discussing Your Strabismus with an Expert

If you’re concerned about your strabismus and you’d like to talk to a specialist ophthalmologist, simply call Dr Guggino and his team today at 813 876 1400.