Exotropia & Existentialism


Jean-Paul Sartre lived from 1905-1980 and was a French novelist and existential philosopher.  At the age of four, it is thought that he suffered a viral infection (grippe) that led to a right corneal scar.  The scar resulted in decreased vision, eventual right eye amblyopia, and exotropia (eyes turning outward) measuring 40-45 prism diopters (units of deviation).  The exotropia is evident from this picture of Sartre as a young boy: