Previous strabismus appearance studies using images from real face photographs could not preclude the effect of other facial landmarks, such as position and contour of brow, nose, and facial outline, from pure effect of ocular deviation itself. With conceptualized drawings of eyes, we simulated strabismus deviation and collected the responses of observers.
The experiments consisted of three sessions: (1) one-eye, (2) two-eye cornea, and (3) two-eyelid deviation simulations. On a monitor, eight different ocular deviations in increments of 6 prism diopters of horizontal or vertical deviations were simulated. Nine ophthalmology residents were asked to choose between esotropia and exotropia for horizontal simulations and hypotropia or hypertropia for vertical simulations. Psychometric function fitting was performed. Detection sensitivity, point of subjective equality, and 95% thresholds were calculated.