Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned with each other. It is sometimes referred to as ‘lazy eye’, ‘wandering eye’, or ‘crossed eyes’.
Adult strabismus can be the result of progressive or unsuccessfully treated childhood strabismus. It may also result from an injury or disease process, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, brain tumors, strokes or other neurologic abnormalities. A common symptom of strabismus is double vision.
Strabismus is usually a treatable condition. Some treatment options include glasses, prisms, medications, orthoptic exercises, or surgery. Improved depth perception, peripheral vision, and self-esteem are just a few of the potential benefits of treatment. A thorough evaluation by an ophthalmologist experienced in managing strabismus can help determine the most appropriate treatment option.
For more information see the section entitled 'Adult Strabismus' at http://www.aapos.org/.