I was born with a severe squint and was operated on at the age of 6. Its better to do the op when you are younger, 1. because its less traumatic! Id hate to have to do it now and 2. because the brain can learn to adjust quicker.
Its not just cosmetic, the squint I was told could worsen if not treated. I was so glad my parents made the decision to do it as my eyes I am told now are one of my best features!! But each case is different, always go with what your doc recommends.
When the doc says he only sees out of one eye, this is true but you do see out the other eye too as like a back-up. (for me anyway). I dont have double vision. My eyes work independentely thats all (before and after op) this will never change!! I can only describe the affect as looking out of my right eye at all times, with the left eye just showing views to my left like a back-up (it doesnt clash with my right eye view, just shuts it out I guess) but to actually look out of my left eye I have to close my right and the perception changes. I can control this if I want but when I relax my sight it is always from the viewpoint of the right eye. This is my brain controlling the effect of double vision, the brain will always avoid double vision as best as it can by ignoring the view point of the affected eye. This means however that I cant use 3D glasses! as I will only ever see one colour or the other, depending which view point I am using.
But Id like to make it clear that this has never affected me playing any types of sports, catching balls or driving a car. My depth perception is perfect and I am not at all clumsy. The younger you are the better your brain copes with dealing with sight.
I only wear glasses/contacts for driving, legal requirements because I have a slight short sightedness. My eyes are as near as perfectly straight too and I have only ever had one operation back in 1986 so far. I have been told just today that I do still have a slight squint again but am advised not to have another operation because it could actually make my eyesight worse. The op will never get it 100% perfect as this is impossible so if the eyes look ok and the sight is ok then usuall you dont need an op.
I hope this helps you in some way. 0
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