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Crossed Eyes

What is Crossed Eyes?

Crossed-eyes is a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions. One or both of the eyes may turn in, out, up or down. An eye turn may be constant or intermittent. A constant eye is when the eye turns all of the time. An intermittent eye is when the eye turns only some of the time. Intermittent eyes usually turn under stressful situations or when ill.

Newborns often appear to have crossed-eyes due to a lack of developed vision, but this disappears as the infant grows.

Crossed-eyes is also called strabismus.

Symptoms of Crossed Eyes

Some common symptoms of crossed-eyes are:

  • Eyes that appear crossed
  • Eyes that do not align in the same direction
  • Uncoordinated eye movements
  • Double vision
  • Reduced vision in one of the eyes

What Causes Crossed Eyes?

One of the causes of crossed eyes is unequal pulling of muscles on one side of the eye. Another cause of crossed eyes is a paralysis of the ocular muscles. In some cases, a child who is farsighted and tries to compensate for farsightedness will develop crossed eyes.

Can Crossed Eyes be Treated?

Yes. Treatment involves wearing a patch over one of the eyes, visual exercises, glasses with the correct prescription or bifocal or prism correction to aid in proper focusing, eye drops to help focus, or surgery.

Complications of Crossed Eyes

A common complication of crossed eyes is a reduction of vision in one of the eyes. Reduction of vision in one eye is called amblyopia.

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