Uploaded on Oct 11, 2007
I have congenital Alternating Exotropia Strabismus, where my eyes tend to wander outward, one at a time.
I see clearer when I use just one eye like when reading a street sign or watching tv, but I have to use both when driving so I have some depth perception. I wore an eye patch as a kid for a short time, but it didn't help.
Upside: I can see those 3D Magic Eye images pretty quickly and I can freak people out, which is fun.
Downside: I don't have the best depth perception and sometimes have a hard time keeping them straight when I'm very tired.
Song used in the video: "So Much Beauty in Dirt" by Modest Mouse
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TYPES OF STRABISMUS:
HOW ONE GETS IT:
Congenital Strabismus: The person was born with it
Acquired Strabismus: The person developed it later in life
WHICH EYES WANDER:
Bilateral Strabismus: Both eyes wander at the same time
Unilateral Strabismus: Only one eye repeatedly wanders
Alternating Strabismus: Both eyes wander but not at the same time
DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT:
Esotropic Strabismus: The eye wanders inward
Exotropic Strabismus: The eye wanders outward
Hypertropic Strabismus: The eye wanders vertically
Pseudostrabismus: Is false. It looks like they have strabisumus, but they just have a wide flat bridge of the nose that makes it appear as though they are slightly cross-eyed.
Amblyopia: Or known as lazy eye, this is usually when a person has such bad vision in one eye that they no longer use it and they only use the good eye when focusing. The eye will eventually lose strength so it permanently wanders and often times will lose vision too.
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