Crossed Eyes (Strabismus)
Strabismus is a condition sometimes known as “crossed-eyes” in which the eyes are out of alignment with each other. Failure of the eye muscles to perform in unison occurs during the first six years of a child’s development. Strabismus can occur in adults but is usually the result of other medical conditions.
Strabismus occurs because both eyes are not focusing on an object correctly. In order to avoid double vision the brain will begin to ignore the image from one eye. This eye will eventually become lazy. It is important to have your child see a qualified ophthalmologist if you notice one or both eyes moving independently.
A comprehensive vision examination will be required. Treatment for strabismus is available with the use of special eye glasses, vision therapy, and surgery. Strabismus can be corrected successfully if detected and treated early.