If you look directly at an object and one of your eyes is looking in a different direction, you have strabismus. If the eye is turned in, you have esotropia (crossed eyes); if the eye turns out, you have exotropia (wall eyed); if the turned eye points upward or downward it is vertical strabismus. If the amount of the turn is great enough it can be a cosmetic issue. If the same eye is always turned, AMBLYOPIA can result. Strabismics often have poor depth perception; they may see double constantly or intermittently, (diplopia). Strabismics may have any number of problems with eye strain, headaches, or discomfort. If strabismus is present from early childhood there may be few, if any, symptoms.
Babies often have an extra fold of skin on their eyelids near the nose. This is called an epicanthalfold. When an epicanthal fold is present, the baby may appear to be cross-eyed, when, in fact, the eyes are straight. Even baby doctors can be fooled by this. If your baby appears to have crossed eyes bring him or her in, we can tell you if treatment is needed or if there is no cause for concern.
Strabismus can be treated with eyeglasses, prismglasses, VISION TRAINING (eye exercises), or with surgery.
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