Other Names for this Disease
- Duane anomaly
- Duane retraction syndrome
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Your QuestionI have isolated Duane retraction syndrome. My left has retracted inward towards the nose and it appears smaller than the right. The last few years it really bothers me. I was wondering if there is anything I could do about it. I usually close my big eye a little bit so that they can appear even, but recently I noticed my left eye closing even more. This problem only increases with my left eye getting smaller over the years and it makes a really bad image of my face. If there is anything you can tell me that helps my condition I would be grateful.
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The management of Duane syndrome without surgery may include:
- special seating in school to accommodate a child's head turn
- special rear-view mirrors to help during driving
- a prism placed on the individual's glasses to correct for the face turn (though this is not commonly used)
- vision therapy to treat secondary convergence insufficiency (inability of the eyes to turn towards each other or sustain this position)
More detailed information about the treatment of Duane syndrome is available on Medscape Reference's Web site and can be viewed here. You may need to register to view this information, but registration is free.
- Arun Verma. Duane Syndrome. Medscape Reference. November 17, 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1198559-overview. Accessed 2/22/2013.