Strabismus can cause severe issues in the way you see the world around you. Double vision, blurred imagery, and depth perception can be a constant hindrance to daily life, but at times the psychological affects of lowered self esteem in your personal interactions can be the most pressing issue. The correction eye wear can provide may not be enough to boost your confidence when interviewing for a job or meeting new people. Being able to walk in to a room and meet everyone in the eyes with a smile can be the most important part of your day.
While the idea of reconstructive surgery can a be nerve-racking experience the risks involved are minimal and the benefits are exceeding. The procedure is generally done on an outpatient basis with fairly quick recovery times. In most situations the “lazy eye” is corrected in a single surgery and rarely involves multiple corrections. Discomfort after the operation is minimal in most occasions the worst complaints are short term headaches or minor pulling sensations.
The idea that this type of corrective surgery is primarily for children is far from true. Adults of any age are eligible for the procedure. Many adults suffering from strabismus have had the problem since they were children and are unaware it can be corrected at any point in life. Some may even have developed the lazy eye after a stroke or having a tumor. Most insurances cover lazy eye surgery for adults as it is reconstructive and not cosmetic.
It is extremely common for people with strabismus to believe that their social interactions and job opportunities are negatively impacted by their appearance. Unfortunately this can often be the case. The people around us respond to confidence and self esteem. Employers actively watch for body language and certainty in potential employees. A simple surgery can make the difference in your personal interactions and earning potential. Having your strabismus corrected can bring on a whole new life, revitalize your enthusiasm in everyday activities, and bolster your level of happiness for years to come. Both physically and emotionally you can see the world around you straight on and with your head held high.