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I have exophoria. What happens in the eye prescription to address

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I have exophoria. What happens in the eye prescription to address exophoria. And, I understand some doctors think there are some eye exercises that might help with this condition. It sounds like it is controversial. What do you think and is there anything I can do to strengthen my eye muscles and improve the exophoria?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
I do not believe that doing any type of eye exercises, using different strength prescription glasses etc. will do anything to change your exophoria. This is especially, in my opinion, true at your age.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Just for my information, how is the exophoria treated in a prescription--prisms, etc?

And then, if I was younger, would there have been anything to address the exophoria?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Prisms can be used to try and give you single vision but, in my opinion, they will do nothing for your underlying condition.

As a child, depending upon the type of exophoria you have, eye muscle surgery could have been done. It can still be done now, once again depending upon your sub type of exophoria, but it has a lower chance of success.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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