Exotropia is a divergent squint, meaning that one or both eyes are turned outwards - away from the nose.
There are several forms (classifications) of exotropia, including:
- Congenital Exotropia - meaning exotropia that has been present since birth.
- Intermittent Exotropia - as may occur in children.
- Secondary Exotropia - accomodative, or non-accomodative.
- Consecutive Exotropia - such as post-surgery for esotropia (which is the form of squint in which the eye/s are directed abnormally inward).
Exotropia can usually be treated. Management depends on the particular case. Examination may involve an ophthalmoscopy (a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure).
Terms used to refer to the main forms of squint include:
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