• over 1 year ago

    Alternating Estropia? Causes and Treatments?

    I have had serious vision issues since the day I was born. I have had glasses ever since I was able to communicate with an eye doctor. I have had many issues such as basic near-sightedness, astigmatisms, nystagmus, a lazy eye. All of it.

    When I was about 5 years old, I had to occasionally wear an eye-patch to correct a lazy eye condition, so having crossed eyes are not foreign to me. For most of my life, this issue has not come up until two years ago (sophomore/junior year of high school). One of my eyes began to cross or drift inward towards my nose. My eyes have never been exactly straight, but now the issue has been gradually getting worse. To add to this issue, the eye that is off-center is never consistent. It always depends on which eye is dominant. If I'm favoring one eye, the other will be out of place and it is getting worse.

    I have seen my eye doctor about this during a regular check-up and all he said was "that's odd" and he had no idea how to approach it and that it may be something neurological. I am about to enter my first year of college at Georgetown University and now I am really starting to get self-conscious about my eyes. I am afraid to look at people in the eye because I am afraid they will notice what is wrong. Being an incoming freshman, I don't want this to affect any professional opportunities or my dating life. I really want to find out how to fix this. I am not afraid of surgery.

    Any advice is helpful. Thank you.

    I am an 18 year old male, mixed-race (native american, european, and middle eastern). I have been diagnosed with anxiety issues and take propranolol only before specific stressful situations. That's all of the relevant information that I can think of at the moment.


  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Alternating Estropia? Causes and Treatments?

    This is the original poster. I forgot to mention that I have a family history of eye issue from my mother's line. As far as I know, I am the only one with alternating esotropia.
      • over 1 year ago
        : I had a college "friend" that had the same thing. Hers happens whenever she got nervous but it was not a permanent thing after a few minutes the eyes would go back to normal. Try to take a look into that. Drs help but at the end of the day we are the ones leaving every minute of everyday with the problem so really have to be well informed and take our health into our own hands.

        Good luck