A comment from the Strabismus World Facebook page:
“I have strabismus and amblyopia. At age 38, I had my first eye muscle surgery for crossed eyes which gave me really bad diplopia (double vision). Thank you for worsening my vision, Dr Mark Steckle. Finally, 4 years later, I found a Neuro-ophthalmologist who was willing to help. He collimated or aligned my eyes as best as he could but perfection is impossible. The dominant eye became strained and releases its grip of the recessive or weaker eye and this created the diplopia. The double vision can be very confusing, bordering on psychosis. The USA disability entity doesn’t “VIEW” this nightmare as a legitimate condition so one must keep risking oneself while driving and doing other critical tasks relying on a very confusing view of the world. I often feel as if I’m on a cruise ship during a storm! So much fun to drive and work. NOT!” – Davy Batiancila
Thank you, Davy, for giving us insight into how strabismus and amblyopia are affecting your life. Providing a strabismic’s perspective is what this project is all about. Another prime example of how crucial it is to start with low risk, none-invasive vision rehabilitation treatment before taking drastic measures such as muscle altering strabismus surgery. Then, often times, those surgeries lead to a repair surgeries keeping the vicious circle intact. Meanwhile, however, the primary neurological nature of strabismus and functional vision deficits will still not have been addressed through visual neuro-rehabilitation.
Thank you very much for commenting, Davy! I strongly identify as my story is very similar and I hope, over time, you find relief!