There are many names for it, but the result is the same… eyes that do not look in the same direction.
It is a condition often treated in children, but now adults have a way to correct it.
Barry Griffing can walk by relatively unnoticed until you catch a certain angle or make eye contact. "If I'm tired, or if I'm stressed or if I'm working, they'll really go crazy," he says.
People call it cross eyed, or a wandering eye.
Whatever the name is, Barry wants it fixed. "People make comments. I get it all the time."
The condition is corrected in children all the time, but now a procedure is making it possible for adult eyes to focus in the same direction. "Many times it's just due to a tightening in the muscle, and we don't know why it happens in all these cases," shares Dr. David Stager, and eye muscle surgeon.
So in a 45 minute procedure, surgeons go in and cut the muscle.
Then, they re-attach it in another area.
The new placement stops the eye from being pulled to one side all the time.
And if it does not work completely, it can be adjusted.
"It's really an incredible thing," a satisfied Barry exclaims. It is an opportunity he has waited years for. "I see the world pretty good."