Oct 05, 2015 · Often mislabeled a childhood disease, strabismus can be treated in adults, with visual and psychosocial benefits. Strabismus, whether it is new-onset or a reappearance of childhood strabismus, can usually be successfully treated in adults.
Adults can benefit from some of the same treatment options that are available to children for treating strabismus. Treatment options may include prismatic glasses and surgery. Most adults with misaligned eyes are able to have successful surgical correction [See figure 1].
Successful correction of adult strabismus can provide an enhanced quality of life. The treatment of adult strabismus is reconstructive and not cosmetic and most medical insurance will cover it. However, this should be checked prior to any surgery. Children’s Eye Care provides this information for general educational purposes only.
Adult strabismus surgery is highly cost-effective, and cost-utility analysis suggests that it has a better health value than cataract surgery. It is not "cosmetic" surgery; rather, correction of strabismus restores normal ocular alignment and binocularity.