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Question:
I have double vision and am 67 years old. Is strabismus possible at my age?

Answer:
I assume that the question is: Is strabismus surgery possible at my age? Absolutely! I personally just operated on a 91-year-old who had double vision and was worried it would be a problem zip-lining in Costa Rica. So we fixed it, she went and didn't see double while zip-lining!

Strabismus and diplopia (double vision) can affect persons of any age and can be dealt with in a number of ways including, occlusion, prism or blurring one lens in glasses, botulinum toxin injections, and surgery. There is no upper limit to the age that one can have surgery for strabismus. Sixty-seven is actually quite young in my book! One's overall health is much more important than the number of years. Strabismus surgery is done on an outpatient basis and can be done without general anesthesia, much like cataract surgery, which we do on people much older than you! You should seek the opinion of an Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) that specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Please see the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus or EyeSmart’s Find an Eye M.D. for a list of Eye M.D.s in your area who specialize in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus.

Answered by: Denise Satterfield, MDDr. Denise Satterfield

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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