17.10.2014

Majority of exotropia sufferers "will become near-sighted"

Majority of exotropia sufferers "will become near-sighted"

The vast majority of people suffering from the eye condition exotropia, a form of strabismus, will become near-sighted within the next 20 years, according to new research.

A study published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester shows that over 90 per cent of children who currently have the condition will be near-sighted in the next two decades.

Study author Dr Brian Mohney, from the department of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, said it is unknown whether the link is genetic, environmental or both and further investigations are needed to explore this.

"These findings further confirm the relationship of refractive error and strabismus; that esotropia is associated with hyperopia, which is more common among western populations, while exotropia is linked with myopia and more prevalent among Asians," he explained.

by Alexa Kaczka


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