Thanks for reading my Pufferfish Story part 2.
My strabismus was the opposite of cross eyes, namely wall eyes. Wall eyes is named because if the patient is standing in a room, one eye is looking at the wall to the right and the other to the left. (this has nothing to do with the fish, the walleye although that will give you a visual-aid as to what we are talking about)
Most often strabismus is NOT
caused by emotional problems but by simple muscle imbalances within the eyes. This makes it much easier to treat because some good eye exercises will do the trick (best to not home-medicate here but if you are living in Nowhere Town, I can give some recommendations). If you see a kid with crossed eyes or wall eyes it does NOT
automatically mean they have been abused. The give away in my case was that I used one eye in some situations and the other eye in other situations. Such as, if I were "triggered" I would probably shift my visual focus to the other eye. (Weird, hugh!). My problem got better when I felt better and then became much, much worse with later severe abuse. This was because my problem was tied in with dissociation. Most eye doctors didn't have a clue that this could be the case.
There are just beginning to be some books out now linking emotional trauma with body symptoms. There are lots of other symptoms of emotional trauma beside the eye problem. So, I had to work out a lot of my own solutions. I am most eager to share what I have learned.
The ophthalmologist that recognized my problem was Dr Swiggart, the father of the astronaut. He is dead now so don't try to look for him. I was fifteen when he reported to my father. Then my disfunctional father didn't even tell me. It was my mother years later that even told me what he had said. So it took years to even get the first "nibble" on a solution to my problem.
It was not until adulthood that I finally jumped on the problem myself. A clinical psychologist I was seeing for my abuse as a child recommended I follow it up. Eye surgery did nothing for me because that wasn't the source of problem. The local vision therapy clinic got me an excellent start with muscle training, but finally I had to work out some solutions for myself. Yes, and they really work too. And they are even fun for kids to do.
I would be most happy to share the solutions I found by myself either to individuals or if there is enough interest I could post to this site.
It is very, very unusual for eye doctors to admit an emotional problem as a source of an eye problem. They are very, very mechanistic and they are taught that way in medical school. If you were to ask most of them about what I have said here they would most likely said that it is a bunch of c- -p.
That's because of their ignorance of all of this. I have been through this. The folks that are more up-to-date often in this area are the optometrists (spelling?) who have a specialty in working with eye muscle problems and are trained in correcting strabismus. Usually the best way to find one is to call an optometrist in the nearest large city and ask him who is good in your area. They are not terribly hard to find these days.