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How To Check If Baby Is Cross Eyed
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No: Getting hit in the testicles does not cause esotropia (crossed eyes). ...Read more
It can be fixed: See an ophthalmologist for an opinion.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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