I Have Strabismus

Strabismus anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Strabismus. You're not alone. 138 People

    It's such a stressful problem.

    It causes self esteem problems, confidence problems, ect. I can't even be confident after surgery because I've already had 4. Making it clear that it can always be unfixed.. My eyes are straight now, sometimes when exhausted, it's slightly off but other than that, they're...
    akaShaun akaShaun
    18-21, M
    1 Response Sep 1, 2015

    I had my third eye surgery 1 week ago,

    and I feel like I'm living in a new different world. Not because the world has seen me, but because I was surprised by a camera and my eyes looked a lot better than before. I am a 22 years old Mexican male, and I've always had strabism. I've been in surgery three times, when I...
    bernmex bernmex
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 22, 2013

    I was born with a condition in

    which my eyes did not develop properly before birth. I am lucky that I have enough vision in one eye to be able to live a normal life. I am legally blind in the other eye, and therefore it has always turned in. It would also turn up when I looked to the side. I also felt...
    arabianhorselover arabianhorselover
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jul 14, 2015

    I have had the same feelings

    as others, I can go on for days & weeks. I feel ashamed, I feel I was punished from birth, I am in my mid-30's and I still suffer from this always feeling less than. Is there anyone that has overcame "having strabismus"? Who was once as I am, but is now where I want to be...
    holdingon80 holdingon80
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2014

    My Struggle

    I am 21 years old and I've lived with stabismus my whole life. I remember it first bothered me in elementary because kids use to make fun of me calling names etc. I use to tell them to shut up and go get a personality but inside I really was hurt. As time went on people didn't...
    sandy714 sandy714
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jul 31, 2012

    Just had my surgery 3 days ago.

    I'm struggling with not being able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I feel trapped indoors and I can only open my eye so much before it gets too tired so then I just sleep. Any tips?
    azriella08 azriella08
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 7, 2015

    I know that it seems like something

    so small, but I joined this website with the sole intent of posting here. I was so happy to find this page and read the stories of everyone else who struggles living with strabismus. I'm 18 and a college freshman. I went to three high schools, a couple middle schools, and a...
    ellebrosseau ellebrosseau
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 10, 2013

    Just had my second surgery 2 weeks ago.

    My eyes have healed up real nice, no more blood, but I still have double vision and no depth perception. My surgeon said it could take up to 4 months to notice a change. I hope It does because I'm so sick of my eyes locking in and the double vision, lack of depth perception...
    classAteam classAteam
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 30, 2014

    Struggling With Strabismus All My Life Still Not Easy

    Hello all, I'm a 36 year old female.  I am from Ohio.  I guess I have strabismus because of family history and being a pre-mature baby.  I have had 3 surgeries and the second one was the worst experience of my life with an extreme over-correction.  I had a third surgery to...
    mzsixta mzsixta
    2 Responses Jan 28, 2012

    I hope I find who accept

    for who I am and not to judge becoz of my eye
    jayn12 jayn12
    22-25, F
    Apr 23, 2015

    It's Kinda Nice

    finding this support group because I don't know about anyone else, but I feel so alone because people who don't have the condition don't really understand. I'm almost 21 and I've had 2 surgeries so far to try to correct my esotropia, but no luck so far. Has anyone had more than 2...
    courtneylaurenn courtneylaurenn
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2013

    Being Alone

    the worst part about having crossed eyes is feeling so alone. I would give anything to know one person with crossed eyes, maybe I wouldn't feel so different and ridiculed all the time. I know this isn't a story it's more of a comment but I just can't stand it anymore I'm so tired...
    lex72082 lex72082
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Oct 13, 2013

    All My Life

    From the Great Wiki:Strabismus (/strəˈbɪzməs/; Modern Latin, from Greek στραβισμός strabismos; cf. στραβίζειν strabizein "to squint", στραβός strabos "squinting, squint-eyed" is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other...
    70+, M
    Nov 20, 2012

    Just Venting...

    I'm 18. I've never been on a date. I hate taking family/school/vacation pictures. I feel like the ugly duckling every day of my life. The only thing keeping me going is my love for God and the fact that I don't want my family feeling sorry for me. I keep myself busy doing a lot...
    diamondd1va diamondd1va
    18-21, F
    13 Responses Dec 14, 2011

    Hi there, my name is Nick

    and I'm 19. I was born with congenital nystagmus and since have had 6 eye surgeries that have left me with strabismus. I was born with a head turn and was constantly made fun of for it. Now I'm in college and have strabismus. I struggle with depression and feeling worthless on a...
    soccerfan31 soccerfan31
    18-21, M
    4 Responses May 12, 2015

    I hate it. I'm just going to vent

    for a minute. My eyes have never been aligned. I began being teased and isolated since middle school. I had a group of "friends" refer to me as walleye. I've had people with good intentions ask which eye works. I've had many successful relationships but I know it always...
    seekingbalance78 seekingbalance78
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jan 21, 2014

    31 Years Of Strabismus, Stereoblindness And More

    My name is Cristin. 31 years ago I was born with severe bilateral esotropia (both eyes turned in). The pediatrician assured my parents that it would eventually resolve itself, but needless o say it never did. I have had 4 strabismus correction surgeries at ages 11 months, 13...
    CristinG CristinG
    31-35, F
    Jul 13, 2013

    I have strabismus in

    both eyes since I was born (now I'm 23), it's just so sad, I have been dealing a lot with my self steem my whole life. I try to forget the problem and focus on my strengths and that really helps me a lot but sometimes it is inevitable to feel sad about it, that you know people...
    itsjustadreamer itsjustadreamer
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jan 29, 2014

    Oh The Joy!!!

    I feel so encouraged by all the positve feedback that I've been getting since I joined the experience project. For years I thought I was literally like one in a million with this "defect of the eyes" and now I see that it's not just me. I just wish that people outside of this...
    diamondd1va diamondd1va
    18-21, F
    Dec 19, 2011
    jayn12 jayn12
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 29, 2015

    I have strabismus. Strabismus is a condition

    where one or both of the eyes turns either inwards, outwards, or vertically. It can be constantly, or only when the person is tired, ill, or focusing on something for a long period of time. Imagine if you're having a conversation and the person just says "Why's your eye like...
    funminty8 funminty8
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Sep 1, 2014

    I Have Strabismus And It Has Had A Negative Impact On Me.

    So I'm turning 16 in a few weeks and I have suffered from Congenital Alternating Exotropic Strabismus. Basically I was born with Strabismus and only one of my eyes move outwards/ they're misaligned  at one time but both wander...
    AShadowWolf AShadowWolf
    18-21, F
    23 Responses Feb 15, 2013

    I feel a lot better and I'm going to be proud

    of my wandering eye and be different and I don't care what other people have to say because It does not matter I am still beautiful
    clilishad clilishad
    18-21, F
    Jan 23, 2015

    Lazy Eye And Confidence

    The worst part of having this eye condition is when I feel confident and am "looking" at someone, talking to them and they respond with "are you talking to me?" Because they don't know who I am looking at. I hate it! I'm constantly worried about making eye contact now.. I know it...
    Cmd9 Cmd9
    22-25, F
    10 Responses May 15, 2013

    I have dealt with strabismus my entire life.

    I've had 4 surgeries from the age of 6 months old to 7 years old just to save my eye sight. I'm so grateful for all my wonderful doctor did and as a result, I have intermittent exotropia strabsimus in my left eye. To be blunt, it bothers me. I never know when it's not in focus...
    n0nnahss n0nnahss
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 29, 2015

    Yop, convergent one. I can also alternate,

    so people get even more confused. I don't really care about it and I always made fun of it, so people would understand that it's not some sensitive thing to me, it's just sometimes weird to see other peoples look when they realise that I am looking at them :D I hope that...
    Greencz Greencz
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Sep 16, 2014

    Strabismus Surgery

    Hi im 26 year old female. i have suffered with strabismus since i was young for a inward turning eye, i had strabismus surgery 10 weeks ago, since then my eye has been wondering out. is this normal? or will it settle, its more noticable now than before. it dosnt always do it...
    lozza000 lozza000
    1 Response Apr 22, 2012

    My 5th Strabism surgery experience.

    Hi, Given that you have an interest for this article you will be undergoing strabism (cross eye) corrective surgery yourself, or have a relative, a friend who has or will undergo the procedure. The goal of this article is to provide you a summary of how I lived up from D-day -1...
    RichardHas RichardHas
    26-30, M
    Oct 13, 2015

    I have alternating strabismus In

    which my eyes alternate in turning outwards. My right eye is my dominate eye though and I use my left eye less but if you cover my right eye up my left eye will automatically adjust and be straight so that I can see. My left eyelid also appears to be lazier than my right eyelid...
    blogger640 blogger640
    22-25, F
    Oct 21, 2015

    Intermittent Strabismus Causes Anxiety And Speech Problem ?

    Hi all, I am 26 years old male. I have intermittent strabismus. When i was kid i didnt know how to control my eyes and all my classmates use to make fun of me. As i grew up i realized why they were making fun and found out how i can focus on things to control my eyes. So as...
    sameershenai sameershenai
    22-25, M
    Oct 29, 2013

    My left eye stays to the left.

    It really doesn't bother me. I see people's true colors. Only a few kids noticed and it was out of curiosity. The adults are the ones that make the comments. "What are you looking at." "Hello I'm over here." Its old. It doesn't bother me. It just tells me who's a jerk.
    Zykndy Zykndy
    18-21, F
    Jul 11, 2014
    KatieLang53 KatieLang53
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2016

    Strabismus, I've had it

    since birth. I've got alternating esotropia. For those who don't know, esotropia is a name for strabismus when an eye turns inwards. Alternating esotropia is when you can "control" which eye turns in and which doesn't, for example, my dominant eye is my left one so I most often...
    Supafrog Supafrog
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2016

    Living the eighteen years of my life with a

    strabismus is kinda hard. I cry a lot when i'm alone with a thought about that. I have never done any surgery before as i think the risk of it is too big for me. I have a plan on doing that someday in the future. For now, i'm just trying to live my life "normally". Although it...
    valenvln valenvln
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2015


    I have strabismus (outward or whatever the correct term is :D ), Im 15 years old and probably everyone can imagine the kids my age bullying me. But............I saw the surgery. They actually cut out a piece of your eye!!!!!! Yes, I would like to be normal and get my eyes...
    BarbyS BarbyS
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jul 3, 2013

    A Small Thing With A Big Effect!

    I was born with a noticeable case of strabismus. At age 3 I had surgery for the turn. I still remember that day... and I'm 15 now! My type of strabismus is inwards on alternating eyes. So whatever eye I'm using is straight and the other turns in. Sometimes when I'm tired the turn...
    Brides Brides
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 17, 2013

    Hi I didn't know this

    even existed I've allay felt alone when it comes to my eye I wasn't always this way my eye started to turn left around 12 or 13 and I am about to be 21 and now more than ever I am subconscious about it. I hate having it because I know people feel that I am not as smart as them...
    thatfootwinky thatfootwinky
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2016

    my life is so lonely I apply a work in a

    company I rejected because of my eye condition when I go outside people looking at me and they are laughing and say where you loo9k at . im shy going outside of in crying every day I ask myself why I have. this condition and why lord give it to me
    jayn12 jayn12
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 1, 2015

    I Want To Achieve Stereovision But . . .

      My name is Paul. I'm 44 years old, have strabismus and amblyopia in the right eye and astigmatism in both eyes. I live in Australia. I have just finished reading Sue Barry's book, 'Fixing My Gaze'. I only came to know 3 years ago that I didn't have stereovision. So now...
    monopaul monopaul
    2 Responses Sep 28, 2012

    I Won't Let Get To Me No More!!

    Hello to anyone who's reading this. I'm 14 years old and i have Strabismus. Having Strabismus definitely has been an impact in my life. On some days i hate it and other day im thankful for it. After 14 long years I've learned to accept it. It sort of helps me see the people...
    Msunbroken Msunbroken
    3 Responses Aug 21, 2012

    When I was a little girl I didn't really care

    much about my eyes because I didn't know what was going on umm once I got to middle school that was the worst I got picked on everyday i went to school and I cried in front of people and i never defended my self then when I go home I stayed in my room and cried every day all the...
    clilishad clilishad
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 24, 2015

    Double Vision..

    I had a right lazy eye that ised to go outward, now thanks to a quack who I let operate now my right eye aces inward constantly!!!! He prescribed prisms, which made me see so blurry I could barley drive!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I block m right eye with a black lense, my head hurts 24/7...
    davtpt davtpt
    5 Responses Jan 24, 2009

    I Have And Hate Strabismus.

    I have had two operations to align the eyes. After the op's I was to wear an eye patch for so many hours a day. As a result the eye that was operated on became the dominate eye and the other turned in slightly. Most of the time it was not noticeable. And for a few years in my...
    Krolie Krolie
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jun 19, 2012

    Lazy Eye's

    Lazy eye or Strabismus run's in my family from my mothers side. My half brother had a much worse case than me effecting both of his eyes while I only have extropic "in ward" turn in my left eye. I've been very fortunate in that my parents were well aware of the problem but it...
    Normajean67 Normajean67
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 1, 2013
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