Strabismus, more commonly known as cross-eyed, is a condition in which an individual has difficulty moving the muscles in the eye, resulting in one or both eyes pointing in different directions.
Strabismus in children is mostly hereditary–occurring when the muscles, nerves or brain do not function properly. Other eye or head injuries and diseases like Down syndrome, can also play a factor.
The condition can also trigger Amblyopia – lazy eyes – and occurs when one or both eyes do not work together to look at an object and the brain may be paying attention to the image from only one eye and ignoring the image in the other.
Symptoms may vary and occur in one or both eyes and increase when your child is tired or sick.
Early treatment is crucial in helping the eye become stronger and developing normal vision. While treatment after 9 years of age may improve a child's appearance, it may not always help with vision problems. Treat as early as possible. Consult a pediatric ophthalmologist to see which option will work best. Treatment options may include:
Always follow the full course of treatment your physician prescribes and be sure to ask any questions you may have. How long recovery may take, when can your child return to normal activities and what risks or symptoms may occur are all questions your physician can answer.