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March 1994

The Stigma of Strabismus: An Ophthalmologist's Perspective

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San Antonio, Tex

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(3):302. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090150032011

I would like to congratulate Satterfield et al1 for their article in the August 1993 issue of the Archives. This is an excellent article that addresses many problems that the patient with strabismus experiences. I do not believe many ophthalmologists are sensitive to their problems or needs.

As an ophthalmologist who grew up with a nonaccommodative esotropia that followed poliomyelitis with onset at age 5 years, partial surgical correction at age 14 years, and slight overcorrection at age 24 years, I can attest to the multiple problems that the child or adult with strabismus encounters. The cruel insensitivity of other children and adults cannot be overstated. As a result, I developed multiple defense mechanisms that still allowed me to reach my goals in life. The most profound effects on my activities as a child were with regard to sports and social interactions. Fortunately, I learned alternative methods of achieving

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