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Why are so many Asian babies cross-eyed?

Why are so many Asian babies cross-eyed?

Cross Eye:: Look at the reflection of the light on pupils; it should be the same on both eyeballs. Don't look at how eyes appear — the epicanthal fold gives a false cross-eye appearance. ...Read more

Dr. Federico Velez
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Exotropia (Definition)

Exotropia is when the eyes look away from each other. It is persistent and usually occurs from childhood issues of eye position or refraction. In adults it may result from injury, tumors, vascular anomalies and diseases such as thyroid disease. It it occurs recently, an ...Read more


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Are babies born cross-eyed?

Are babies born cross-eyed?

No: But, their eyes do not always move together. Which is very normal until about 9 months of age. However, if one eye is constantly looking in one direction, the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Till what age babies eyes seem cross-eyed? Mine is 7 mo and one of her eyes is still slightly crossed

Till what age babies eyes seem cross-eyed? Mine is 7 mo and one of her eyes is still slightly crossed

Several factors: Some babies have broader noses which makes the eyes look out of alignment (when they are not). The things to notice are if one eye only seems consistent out of line — or: if when you take photos and see the "red eye" and instead of being in both eyes one is consistently dark (out of line) then there might be a problem. Ask you pediatrician if you have difficulty making this decision. ...Read more

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Why does my baby look cross-eyed?

Why does my baby look cross-eyed?

Usually temporary: New babies often have disconjugate gaze (the eyes don't look in the same direction), especially if they are not trying to look at anything. The gaze should straighten out over the first 3 months, but parents should let the doctor know at the 2-week, 1-month, & 2-month check-ups about the gaze. Babies with disconjugate gaze after 3 months, or who have additional symptoms, should see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to be cross-eyed?

What could cause a child to be cross-eyed?

Muscle imbalance: There are a groups of specialized muscles that surround the base of the eye and work to point it where we look. For various reasons a kid may have the muscles not working in harmony. A pediatric ophthalmologist can sometimes push the muscles to work better through patching or glasses but at some point a surgery may be needed to line up the eyes. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my baby looks cross-eyed?

Should I be worried that my baby looks cross-eyed?

Yes: It is normal for young infants, under 4 months of age, to periodically look cross-eyed. Older children should be promptly evaluated to rule out more serious eye conditions which could include vision problems. Catarracts, or even tumors. Sometimes the baby's nasal bridge gives the false appearance of cross-eye, this is known as pseudostrabismus. ...Read more

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My 8-month-old baby girl seems a bit cross-eyed, and some said it will be back to normal as she grows older, is that right?

My 8-month-old baby girl seems a bit cross-eyed, and some said it will be back to normal as she grows older, is that right?

Depends on the situa: What appears to be crossed eyes in some kids is just a broad nasal bridge which does grow out & lose its effect over time. A light that strikes the pupil at the same spot on both from a distance would show the eyes can line up normally. Yet any time eyes seem to drift apart or cross frequently, you should have your dr check it. Failure to do so could may impair the success of treatment if needed. ...Read more

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If a child is cross-eyed, does that mean he is blind in one eye?

If a child is cross-eyed, does that mean he is blind in one eye?

No: But it can mean that 1 of tue eyes might have greatly diminished vision. This child should be taken as soon as possible to a pediatric ophthalmologist.
He or she will determine if glasses alone will keep the eyes straight or surgery is required. ...Read more

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How do you become cross-eyed?

How do you become cross-eyed?

Different reasons: While most cases of crossed eyes are inborn, there are a few that may be acquired after birth. Paralysis of one of the eye muscle nerves may cause this. That can be caused by different disease, including stroke, tumors, demyelinating illnesses etc. ...Read more

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How can cross-eyed be treated?

Many ways: Glasses, prism glasses, surgery on eye muscles. Patching the strong eye can help sometimes. ...Read more

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Sudden cross-eyed vision?

Sudden cross-eyed vision?

Could be many things: If this happens, see a doctor immediately. It could be decompensation of a pre-existing muscle balance problem. It could also be a stoke that can cause this, but less likely and far more dangerous. Again to sort this out, please have an exam. ...Read more

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What can cause a cross-eyed feeling?

What can cause a cross-eyed feeling?

Usually developmenta: Cross-eyes or strabismus is a condition where the eye muscles do not work together. There are many causes. Please see an eye doctor for a proper diagnosis and have a great day. ...Read more

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Can someone randomly become cross-eyed?

Can someone randomly become cross-eyed?

No: Some people have a tendency for the eyes to cross. This is called a phoria and is very common. For these people the eyes cross when they are distracted or tired. ...Read more

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Do cross-eyed people still see normally?

Do cross-eyed people still see normally?

No: They usually lack depth perception and may have decreased vision in one or both eyes. ...Read more

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What can cause one to become cross-eyed?

Many issues: Decreased or poor vision in one eye, past history of crossed eye with or without survery, eye trauma, neurologic disease, strokes, and many other issues can cause someone to develop crossed eyes. ...Read more

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What is the opposite of being cross-eyed?

Exotropia: Esotropia is cross-eyed. Exotropia is eye drifting. ...Read more

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Can you make yourself be cross-eyed forever?

Can you make yourself be cross-eyed forever?

No: Crossed eyes or strabismus us usually a genetic phenomenon. Can also be caused by a stroke or other brain problems. ...Read more

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What does a cross-eyed or lazy eyed person see?

What does a cross-eyed or lazy eyed person see?

Amblyopia: Early on they see double vision but later on the brain shuts down on the vision of one eye so to avoid double vision it is important to diagnosic vision problems early so that the brain can learn to see with each eye e.g. Amblyopia. ...Read more

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What could cause someone to wake up cross-eyed?

What could cause someone to wake up cross-eyed?

Cross eyed: Underlying strabismus, acquired causes including cranial nerve palsies due to diabetes/hypertension/ aneurysm/ stroke/ other neurological disease/ trauma/ certain meds/ many other causes. ...Read more

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How does someone become permanently cross-eyed?

How does someone become permanently cross-eyed?

Congenital: Being cross eyes is something one is born with and is related to "lazy eye" or what we call amblyopia and strabismus (muscle problem with the eyes). Trauma can cause this, but that would be a rare and due to severe trauma. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a really noticeable cross-eyed?

What to do if I have a really noticeable cross-eyed?

Get it fixed: I'm sorry this was neglected when you were a kid. This is a major professional liability in today's world and whether it might improve your vision, you should have cosmetic surgery for it. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility of someone becoming cross-eyed though they weren't born that way?

Is there a possibility of someone becoming cross-eyed though they weren't born that way?

Yes: There are both worrisome and transient problems that can give rise to this problem. To rule out the bad issues, brain imaging is usually required after your history and exam is reviewed by your doc. I've seen this with a transient viral infection involving the nerves controlling the eye muscles. It can also represent a stroke or tumor. ...Read more

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Vision went cross-eyed for like 20 to 30 seconds, then went away. What caused this, I'm scared?

Vision went cross-eyed for like 20 to 30 seconds, then went away.  What caused this, I'm scared?

Do you have Migraine: If you are otherwise healthy, No High BP, Diabetes, High Cholesterol then Chances are this was NOT Ministroke.
Some times Migraine Varient behaves like this.
The Best thing is to get checked by your Physician/ Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a normal person to make themselves be cross-eyed forever? Or just if you're born woth it?

Confusing question: Eye muscle balance issues can be present early or develop later. I am not aware that anyone can "make themselves cross-eyed". The brain points the 2 eyes at the same object by design, and gains depth perception. If one eye is damaged, weaker, or the eye muscles don't work right, the brain gets a distorted image and may turn one off. Once off, it may cross. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Cross Eyed (Definition)

Cross eyed = strabismus = esotropia = condition in which one or both eyes are turned ...Read more