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Cross Eyed Overview

Another name for Cross Eyed is Strabismus.

What is strabismus?
A person with strabismus has one eye that does not line up correctly with the other eye. When on eye moves, the other eye doe not move in unison with the other. Strabismus may be present at birth, or it may be caused by another illness. About 1 out of 25 infants born in the US have strabismus. Children with strabismus respond well to treatment. Loss of vision is rare.

What are the symptoms of strabismus?
Symptoms of strabismus include abnormal alignment of the eyes: the eyes appear crossed, one eye is located closer to the temple, or eye movements are not coordinated. Additional symptoms of strabismus may include tilting of the head, double vision, or headaches.

How does the doctor treat strabismus?
Treatment for strabismus may include eye exercises, an eye patch, medication injections, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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