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Strabismus means that 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."
It happens when the eye muscles don't work together to move both eyes in the same direction at the same time. This sends two different images to the brain.
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:
The most common treatments are:
You may need more than one treatment. Some people don't need treatment.
Current as of: December 18, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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