What you are describing is called strabismus. Strabismus means a misalignment of the eyes. There are certain types of strabismus where the eyes move up, out, in, or down and it sounds as though yours is the type where your eyes move out. This is called exotropia. The fact that you do not have stereovision, or the ability to see things in 3D as you were told is a sign that this was a problem since your early childhood. When the brain does not hold the eyes together sufficiently during our formative years, this ability to see things in stereo does not develop and therefore is lacking the rest of our lives. You still are able to distinguish where objects are in space because you've learned monocular clues (shadows, angles, sizes of objects relative to other objects, etc).
The reason this exotropia happens more when you are staring at something is because the brain tends to relax the control of the eyes when you are not intently moving them and this relaxation causes your natural tendency for the eyes to move out to become more pronounced. This is also why this happens when you are more tired. The eye exercises you have been doing are called pencil push-ups and help strengthen your ability to keep your eyes together. Continuing to do these things is a good idea as this is one of the very few things that can help stave off worsening of this misalignment. Also, if you have any nearsightedness at all (ie myopia), even if you don't currently wear glasses, wearing nearsighted or myopic glasses can help pull the eyes together as well.
If, despite these two measures, the eyes continue to get worse with respect to this problem, the only recourse is surgery to realign the muscles that move the eyes. While it's still major surgery, it's a relatively easy thing for the eyes to recover from and involves very little pain or discomfort.
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The older we get the less strong our eyes become as far as focusing power and maintaining the eyes straight together. Because of that it is not uncommon to see this start to occur in adulthood when it really wasn't evident before. Also if there has been any head trauma or you are on any psychotropic medicines (anti-depressants, anti-seizure medicine, anti-anxiety medicines), this can also make this predisposition more pronounced.
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Thanks for that, Not sure if you got the other comment i sent but I said that I sent you a fiver extra for the help. Thanks very much. Also with regards to supplements what kind do you think might be beneficial to me? I am currently taking 20mg of Lutein for about 4 days now as I heard that improves focus and vision as I found that the more powerful or the eye closest to the image tended to do the work and the other eye would just go outta focus. Do you agree this would be beneficial to me? Also do you think anythin else would be like maybe bilberry I heard about or are these not really related to my problem. Thanks again
Thank you so much for the bonus--that's very much appreciated.
As far as supplements go, there has been nothing studied or shown in research trials that can affect the course of this strabismus problem. While Lutein is found in the retina and is being researched for its effects on macular degeneration, I don't have any reason to suspect that taking it would do anything for you; the same goes for bilberry. However, would they cause any harm? Doubtful, but I don't know for sure because the bad side effects have never been studied in persons taking them in excess.
I hope that's been helpful. Thanks for the extra history and your effort in helping me figure out your problem--your bonus is very kind. I'll still answer more questions if you have them, but if not good luck to you.
Yea they probably dont help that particular problem but even if they make my eyes feel healthier its still a start. Thats everything I have anyway so thanks for your time and knowledge.