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What is strabismus?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Crossed eyes...: ...Or divergent gaze (eyes looking away from each other). Usually has an underlying vision problem such as myopia or cataract.

Answered 5/20/2016

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Dr. Roy Benaroch answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Crossed eyes: Strabismus is when the eyes do not move together to look at the same thing. It can be there all the time, or it can be intermittant.

Answered 6/17/2019

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Dr. Marcus Degraw answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Crossed eyes: Essentially, strabismus is a problem when the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same thing at the same time. The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes." there are many causes and many different variations.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Cross-eyed, lazy eye: Strabismus, commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which both eyes not align simultaneously under normal conditions. Only 23% of babies are actually born with straight eyes, yet gradually as eye muscle coordination improves most infants straighten by 3 months. If not improved by 6 months, most pediatricians would suggest consultation with a pediatric eye specialist.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Pamela Lindor answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

"lazy" eye: Strabismus is sometimes referred to as lazy eye or crossed eyes. It is usually due to an imbalance, or weakness of, the muscles which control one or both eyes. It is best diagnosed and treated early. For more info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001004.Htm.

Answered 11/19/2018

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Eyes not aligned: Strabismus is when the eyes are not pointed in the same direction (not looking at the same thing) when the child is gazing around. Normally, his eyes are aligned and looking in the same direction when he is gazing up, down, ahead, or to the left or right. It's ok for the eyes not to be aligned when looking to the extreme left or extreme right (the eye turning towards the nose can't move as far).

Answered 12/29/2014

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Dr. Mark Pyfer answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Crossed eyes: Strabismus is a general term for any deviation in the position of the eyes other than perfect alignment. When a person with strabismus looks at you, one eye will be straight, the other could be pointing in any direction... In, out, up, or down. Sometimes variable or intermittent. The causes are too numerous to list. Pediatric ophthalmologists usually specialize in treatment of strabismus.

Answered 12/8/2015

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Misalignment: Any misalignment of the eyes. There are many types and many causes. Most are noticeable, but some are not noticeable to an untrained eye. Some are always visible and some cone and go.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Matthew Goren answered

Specializes in

Crossed eye: In simplest terms, that's what it is. There a a zillion different types and some are symptomatic and some are not. But it's a crossed eye(s).

Answered 8/3/2013

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Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Misaligned eyes: Strabismus is the professional term for eyes out of alignment. Most common in childhood, it comes about from excess hyperopia, or a failure of the coordination center in the brain to keep the eyes together. It commonly is accompanied by a lowered vision in one eye which can become permanent (amblyopia). A pediatric ophthalmologist should be seen quickly or a neuro-ophthalmologist if an adult.

Answered 9/18/2013

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Dr. Todd Purkiss answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Eyes not aligned: Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly. There are many types and causes, including mechanical, neurological, and refractive. If it occurs at a very young age, it can result in abnormal development of the visual system, known as amblyopia.

Answered 6/17/2016

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Dr. Johan Zwaan answered

Specializes in

Misalignment of eyes: Any misalignment of the eyes constitutes strabismus, whether it is crossed eyes, wall eyes, or vertical. Occasionally it is caused by poor vision in an eye (cataract, trauma etc.) but mostly it is a primary, independent problem. Strabismus in a young child (10 years) usually does not give diplopia (double vision) due to suppression of the vision in one eye. Adults with newly acquired strabismus d.

Answered 6/5/2018

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Lazy eye: Lazy or crossed eye called strabismus. When the eye muscles are in coordination between the two eyes then it causes imbalance. If the muscle is weak in one side then the other eye overrides it and causes the muscle to move to the stronger side to draft away. The eye muscles are controlled by the nerves from the brain. This needs immediate attention of an ophthalmologist.

Answered 9/30/2020

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