Nancy, Jake, and friends, I am still troubled by the downward gaze diplopia. The 1st surgery, May 22,corrected direct gaze double vision, but left me with downward gaze ddoubblee vvissionn. A 2nd surgery, July 16,had good effects for about 4 days, and the I lost whatever gain I had made. Dr.talks about surgery on the other eye to try to bring some balance to the muscles, the inferior rectus. I am not excited about it. I went to see a recommended, highly regarded optometrist, but he was not able to help with prisms. I have another contact to make,whom I hope will help, a strabismus dr. Jake, memory and mental processes have improved,but there is still much to wonder about. Reading these stories helps me realize I am still lucky or it is yet early in my Grave’s Disease (Spring 1994). I have since learned that 4 aunts, my mother, and a cousin, all have had Grave’s. I never knew of it till I heard it for myself! Presently, I am having great difficulty with reading, dinner plate distance; everything doubles up and gets in the way of each other. I misjudge short distances constantly, looking down. I will continue to research and check into options. I have learned, as have many others on these pages,you can’t assume your doctors know or tell you everything!
Dave, It almost sounds like the doctor hasn’t waited for your eyes to stabilize before surgery. My eye doctor made me wait almost two years before they did strabismus surgery. My eyes had to be stable for six months without change before they would consider surgery. How long were your eyes stable before surgery. If the muscles are still swelling and scarring it is useless to do surgery unless the double vision is so bad it has to be done. Let me know how you make out. Try needle point. It really did help me and I have been singing it’s praises since. Keep in touch.