Chester my Pug
Eyes have been aligned for 4 days in a row. For the past month I have been paying close attention to what keeps them straight.
In addition to vision therapy once a week and daily exercises at home, I have come up with a few things that I need to do.
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: I am not a MD and none of this information is medically supported. I am just a strabismic gal trying to keep my eyes straight, see in 3D and have found these things have worked for me. Please do not embark on a salt diet or exercise program without clearance from your own MD.
Heather's Straight Eye Protocol:
- Sleep! Without any disruption in sleep pattern. I need 8 hours, but I have found it essential to stick to a bedtime and wake time. I can't go to sleep at midnight if I normally retire at 10 and expect to make up for it by sleeping in... My eyes cross if I do this! Same hour to bed, same hour to wake makes my eyes not deviate!
- Water! I have asked 10 people with strabismus if they have low blood pressure and every single one said yes. This has convinced me that staying hydrated with 5 glasses of water a day is essential and to get plenty of...
- Sodium! My MD told me that with my blood pressure on the low side putting more salt on my food is fine. So, I do this and it makes me feel better, but please check with your own doctor before increasing your salt intake!
- Exercise! Gets my blood flowing and my muscles relaxed and the movement through space in the outdoors opens up my peripheral awareness. I should note here that I have been fairly athletic all my life. Swim teams, marathons, triathlons, etc. So I do not find extreme fitness tiring, but invigorating. If you find exercise tiring, then your eyes will probably deviate. I suggest cycling as the best option. There is no impact and it gives you a terrific chance to see all around you as you move through space.
Please also note: I had extreme strabismus for my entire life. No amount of water, sleep or exercise would have straightened my eyes. I write this having just had 2 years of vision therapy with a COVD certified optometrist as well as recent adult strabismus surgery (followed by more vision therapy). If your deviation is as severe as mine was, 80-90 PD, these tips will probably not help. If on the other hand your eyes are sometimes straight or if your misalignment is not severe, then these things might work for you, as they have worked for me. I do not write this to give people a false sense of hope, but rather share what seems to be working for me.