Strabismus is defined as misalignment of the eyes. It is commonly called wandering eye, crossed eye or lazy eye. Strabismus in adults is often the result of progressive, untreated or unsuccessfully treated strabismus from childhood. There are also many adults who develop wandering eye as the result of an injury or disease.
Advances in the management of misaligned eyes now provide benefits to most adults as well as children. Treating adults with strabismus can eliminate double vision, improve depth perception, and expand the field of vision. Many patients report improvement in self-esteem, reading, and driving.
Treatment of wandering eye generally requires eye muscle surgery. However, some patients may need glasses, prisms, medications, or may be best left untreated. The best way to determine whether straightening of the eyes is possible and appropriate is to undergo an examination by an ophthalmologist who is experienced in treating adults with wandering eye.
The Eye Institute has two ophthalmologists with expertise in the management of adult strabismus. The Eye Institute’s adult strabismus staff includes a certified orthoptist who provides strabismus evaluations and guides non-surgical therapy for certain eye muscle conditions (convergence insufficiency).
Pediatric ophthalmology services at the Eye Institute for eye problems in infants and children such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, and oculoplastic conditions (droopy eyelid, orbital problems) are provided by collaboration between pediatric ophthalmologists at Children’s Wisconsin and specialists at the Eye Institute.