Strabismus (Cross-Eyes)

Strabismus is the condition where the eyes are misaligned. Different types of strabismus include crossed eyes (esotropia, the most common type in children), out-turned eyes (exotropia), or vertical misalignment (hyper or hypotropia). The problem may be present intermittently or constantly. Treatment options depend upon the type of strabismus, and may include glasses, prism lenses, and/or surgery.

Strabismus (Cross-Eyes) Strabismus (Cross-Eyes)

Strabismus (Cross-Eyes) Strabismus (Cross-Eyes)

Normal vision needs both eyes to look in the same direction at the same time. When a child has a crossed or wandering eye, he or she gets a different picture from each eye. The child's brain blocks out the picture from the weaker eye. If this eye isn't fixed when a child is young, the child's brain will always ignore the pictures from the weak eye. This kind of vision loss is called amblyopia. This is the most serious problem caused by crossed or wandering eyes.

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Double vision and blurred vision are both symptoms of strabismus.


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