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Strabismus is a condition that occurs when both eyes don't look at the same thing at the same time. One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye looks in another direction. It is sometimes called "cross-eye" or "walleye."
Sometimes adults have strabismus from childhood. Childhood strabismus often has no known cause. But it tends to run in families.
Adults may develop strabismus from eye or blood vessel damage. Other causes include loss of vision, a tumour in the eye or brain, Graves' disease, stroke, and diabetes. Some muscle and nerve disorders can also cause it.
The most common symptoms are blurred or double vision and eyes that are misaligned. Other symptoms include problems seeing out of the sides of your eyes and seeing how far things are away from you. Some people see one thing on top of another. Lazy eye (amblyopia) and squinting are also symptoms.
The most common treatments are:
You may need more than one treatment. Some people don't need treatment.
Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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