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Dr. Riggins Discusses Adult Strabismus

There is a myth when it comes to adult strabismus, commonly known as being cross-eyed, says Michele Riggins, MD, a fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologist with Grene Vision Group since 2012.

“There has been a fallacy that surgery to correct adult strabismus is considered cosmetic surgery, but it’s not because it’s helpful to the patient,” Dr. Riggins says.

Correcting adult strabismus can impact a patient’s quality of life — from being able to read, watch TV or even drive again to psychosocial benefits such as improved self-confidence, better relationships and better employability, studies have shown.

Strabismus is diagnosed when the eyes aren’t properly aligned and point in differing directions, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The condition occurs when there is an imbalance in the brain’s signals to the six muscles attached to each eye that control how it moves. A neuro-ophthalmologist can help diagnose and determine an appropriate treatment protocol. Dr. Riggins is one of about 400 such board-certified neuro-ophthalmologists in the U.S. and the only one in Kansas outside of the Kansas City area.

Read more from her article in the April-May 2019 issue of MD News of Greater Kansas magazine by clicking Don’t Cross Off Surgery for Adult Strabismus.

Michele M. Riggins, MD


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