Adult Strabismus

ADULT
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We are the only strabismus program within an academic medical center in southern New England​.
  • We are experts in diagnosing and treating strabismus disorders in adults and children.
  • We offer surgical and nonsurgical solutions for adults with strabismus

People who see second lines of print while they're working at their computer or see a car heading down their lane while they're driving may be suffering from strabisums, says Martha Howard, MD, a surgeon at Yale Medicine in the Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus program. "It can be very frightening,” says Dr. Howard, who is also an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine.

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned. It affects people’s ability to function and can even cause them to lose their independence. Fortunately, in many situations, it’s also very treatable. Yale Medicine offers an array of strabismus specialists who have a deep knowledge of conditions, treatment and procedures.

An adult with strabismus will experience double vision. The onset can be sudden or gradual, says Dr. Howard. The distortion may occur only sometimes or in specific circumstances.

Strabismus may be intermittent at first and then become constant. “It may only happen when you look in a particular direction,” says Dr. Howard. “For some people, it may occur only when they are looking to one side."

Many times, the appearance will be obvious to outside observers. “But sometimes only family members or friends will notice that the eyes are not aligned,” Dr. Howard says.

Children with strabismus don’t see the second image because their brains suppress it. Adult brains don’t have that ability.