Management of Adult Strabismus: Controversies & Conundrums

Recorded On: 10/23/2013

Strabismus treatment is not only for kids! Adult strabismus, whether recent-onset or longstanding, compromises binocular function, can cause diplopia and other symptoms, and is associated with wide-ranging effects on various aspects of patients’ lives, particularly psychosocial functioning. Three pediatric eye care providers will dialogue and share the reasons they enjoy managing adult strabismus and how they do it. Clinical pearls for non-surgical and surgical management and pre- and post-surgical considerations for patients with adult strabismus will be provided.

Susan A Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO

Professor of Optometry

Susan Cotter is a Professor of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, where she is a pediatric optometrist and clinician scientist with primary research interests related to clinical management strategies for strabismus, amblyopia, non-strabismic binocular vision disorders, and childhood refractive error. 

Sue has served in numerous leadership positions (including Vice Chair and Executive Committee member) for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a NEI-funded clinical research network of pediatric optometrists and ophthalmologists who perform clinical investigations related to pediatric eye disease. She has also served in leadership positions for the NEI-funded Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study (MEPEDS), the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Refractive Error (CLEERE), the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT), and the CITT-Attention & Reading Trial (CITT-ART). Other NEI-related activities include serving as a Scientific Review Panel Member for Special Emphasis Panels, on the External Advisory Committee for the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study, and as a member of the NEI Classification of Eye Movement Abnormalities & Strabismus (CEMAS) Working Group. 

At present, Sue serves on the AAO Board of Directors where she is a Diplomate and a past Chair of the Academy’s Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry Section. She was first author of the recently published preschool vision screening guidelines from the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH). Currently, she serves on the NCCVEH’s National Advisory Committee. 

Sue received her OD degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, completed a residency in Children’s Vision at SCCO, and received a M.S. in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. She is a recipient of the American Optometric Foundation’s Ezell Fellowship, editor of the textbook Clinical Applications of Prisms, and lectures internationally in the areas of pediatric eye care and binocular vision.