Adult Strabismus

What is Adult Strabismus?

Eye misalignment, called strabismus, can be residual from childhood or can develop in adulthood. In some cases, a stroke, injury, disease, or tumor may trigger adult strabismus, but often there is no identifiable cause.

Eyes can be straightened at any age, and treatment should be considered if it is likely to enhance quality of life and improve symptoms, including eye misalignment. An ophthalmologist who specializes in strabismus is qualified to treat adults with misaligned eyes.

What you can expect at the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic

The Cizik Eye Clinic opened in 2007 and is housed in Memorial Hermann Plaza at 6400 Fannin Street. It includes dozens of exam areas, multiple operating rooms, and laser suites equipped with the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.

People travel from across the country and the world for treatment at the Cizik Eye Clinic, in part because our affiliation with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth provides unmatched resources and expertise. Our friendly staff works diligently to make your visit pleasant and efficient, as we maximize patient flow through everything from routine eye exams to the most advanced eye surgeries.

Our physicians are faculty members at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or board eligible. At the Cizik Eye Clinic, we understand that the eye is a small part of a whole patient who deserves top-notch, comprehensive care in a cutting-edge facility.

Causes of Adult Strabismus

Six muscles, controlled by the brain, work to move the eyes. Strabismus occurs when there is a problem with at least one of those muscles. While eye misalignment is often thought of as a pediatric condition, it occurs frequently among adults. About 4% of adults experience it in their lifetime. Adult strabismus could be caused by a stroke, head injury, or another health problem, including diabetes, botulism, thyroid disease, or Guillain-Barre syndrome. Cerebral palsy and Down syndrome are also associated with strabismus.

Symptoms of Adult Strabismus

When strabismus develops in adulthood, patients typically experience intermittent double vision that eventually becomes constant. A patient’s eyes may wander to one side, cross, or be misaligned. As well as causing vision symptoms, misaligned eyes can hurt self confidence and even limit a patient’s social interactions. Our ophthalmologists can quickly treat your condition and improve the quality of your life.

Diagnosis of Adult Strabismus

Your ophthalmologist will discuss your symptoms, conduct a full eye exam, and determine appropriate diagnostic tests. A blood test might be ordered and imaging tests, such as a CT or MRI scan, might be performed. Eye movement tests provide significant information about vision. They can be conducted with a variety of computer technology and other devices.

Treatment of Adult Strabismus

After the evaluation, your doctors will develop a targeted medical or surgical plan to address your strabismus. Treatment options may include prismatic glasses, specialized fusional exercises to regain eye coordination, or strabismus surgery. Most adults with misaligned eyes benefit from surgery, which can usually be performed as an outpatient procedure.

Your doctor will give you specific information related to your particular condition, as well as a detailed description of treatment and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

Contact Us

At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.