What is exotropia?
Exotropia is a type of misalignment of the eyes (strabismus). It causes one or both eyes to turn outward, giving the opposite effect of crossed eyes. It can impact patients of all ages but accounts for more than 25 perfect of strabismus cases in young children. There are different forms of exotropia: congenital, sensory, acquired, and intermittent. At Ticho Eye Associates, our team of ophthalmologists is highly trained in the treatment of all types of exotropia. If you have noticed changes in the alignment of your eyes, reach out to our office in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN. Our team can perform a thorough diagnostic exam to determine your form of exotropia and discuss different treatment options.
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How is exotropia treated?
Exotropia treatment depends on the type and severity of ocular misalignment. Our team will also consider the patient's age and overall eye health. Generally, therapies often include prescription glasses, patching, eye exercises, and muscle surgery (strabismus surgery). In general, surgery is only considered when nonsurgical options are unsuccessful or not applicable. Once a thorough eye exam has been completed, we can discuss which treatments may be best for you or your child.
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Exotropia not only changes the physical alignment and appearance of the eyes, but it can cause long-term eye issues, such as loss of depth perception and permanent vision loss. It's important to maintain routine eye exams to identify vision concerns as early as possible to preserve the health of your eyes and vision. Contact Ticho Eye Associates today to book an appointment. We conveniently offer locations in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN. We look forward to serving you.