Do you have strabismus and have ever been told you have low(ish) blood pressure or had a dizzy spell upon standing up too quickly? I would like to hear from you. Please leave me a comment or send me an email.
Something incredible seems to be happening. I was a bit discouraged last week by my eyes deviating, so this weekend while running on the treadmill I started trying to think of all the things I did the month that my eyes were perfectly straight. I have been doing my Brock String, peripheral letter chart exercises, saccades with numbers on my wall, red/green exercises, etc. but I also tried to think of what else I was doing or not doing during that month. My optometrist told me that fever, fatigue and fear are three things that can cause wandering eyes for someone with strabismus, but I was well rested not afraid or fevered.
Suddenly it hit me. For the first month, I had a friend who kept insisting that I drink more water, so I did. At my follow up exam my surgeon told me that he wanted me to drink a lot of water to help with any nausea, so between the doctor and my water nagging friend I increased my intake of water substantially.
I have never been someone to drink a lot of water. In fact, I don't really drink any. I drink a fair amount of juice or other liquids like coffee and tea, but never been one to drink a glass of water. In fact, it kind of makes me gag, so drinking it was a chore, but drink I did, about five full glasses a day. I remember feeling actually quite good on the first day, like my body really needed it. But old habits die hard and mine are no exception. I slowly resorted back to my no water routine.
When my eyes began to cross inwards last week I thought, what is going on? How can I change this? What can I do to help them stop crossing in? HELP ME! I may be grasping at straws here, but I can only speak about my own experience with the hope that it might help someone else. I started drinking more water.
It has been three days of five glasses of water a day and I am a stunned to report that my eyes are almost straight again. Here is a photo I just took a minute ago on my Apple laptop. Could the water be helping with this? I know the Brock String is teaching me more and more every day, but could it also be the water?
I have been told I have low blood pressure (nothing serious, but my doc just told me to eat more salt) and I started thinking, could there be some correlation between low blood pressure, water intake and my eyes deviating?
After some informal research I found out that spontaneous adult strabismus can be caused by many factors including a spike in blood pressure. If a spike in blood pressure can have an effect on the alignment of one's eyes, could low blood pressure do anything? I have read that dehydration has serious consequences on the brain. Could there be some kind of connection here?
I emailed three people I know with strabismus, one in Malaysia, one in the UK, and one in Seattle to ask them if they had ever been diagnosed with low blood pressure and all three said yes! (Thank you for your responses!) POSTSCRIPT: I HAVE NOW A TOTAL OF 14 PEOPLE WITH STRABISMUS AND ALL HAVE TOLD ME THEY HAVE LOW BLOOD PRESSURE. Could this be a coincidence?
I would love to hear anyone's comments on this.