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Does eye patching for cross eyes cause any pain?

Does eye patching for cross eyes cause any pain?

No: Patching is not done for crossed eyes, per se. It's for treating a lazy eye and forcing you to use it by blocking the other eye. Once the eye strenghthens (ie, neural connections develop), the crossed eyes can improve since now the brain is getting input from both eyes. But no, patching should not be painful. ...Read more

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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


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Feeling like cross eyes for 20 seconds I'm male 25 yrs old overweight?

Feeling like cross eyes for 20 seconds I'm male 25 yrs old overweight?

Crossed eyes: Are usually related to an eye muscle imbalance or refractive problem like myopia or hyperopia ( near sighted, etc.) and commonly noted in children. If this is a new symptom in an adult, I would urge a full eye exam and possible neurology consultation to assess damage to the cranial nerves that control eye move ment. ...Read more

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What are ways to correct squint/lazy/cross eyes?

What are ways to correct squint/lazy/cross eyes?

Surgery: Misaligned eyes can be corrected with relatively minor outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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What makes a person have strabismus (crossed eyes)?

What makes a person have strabismus (crossed eyes)?

Depends on the age.: Depends on the age of onset. Develops at birth or shortly thereafer, or around the age of three and associated with far sighted refractive error, or associated with an heterophoria (strabismus controlled by patient and only recognized by examination) that has decompensated into a classical strabismus, or from trauma, neurological diseases, certain medical conditions, or stroke to mentionfewcauses ...Read more

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What's the difference between cross eyes and strabismus?

What's the difference between cross eyes and strabismus?

Different causes: These terms are interchangeable. Strabismus usually refers to turning in or out of the eyes with onset in childhood. This can be due to a refractive error, deprivation of vision or other congenital problems. Adults can also have crossing of the eyes for different reasons, including nerve problems and decompensation of corrected childhood strabismus. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 9 month old to have surgery for cross eyes?

Is it safe for a 9 month old to have surgery for cross eyes?

Yes: If necessary, the benefit outweighs the risk.But any surgery has some risk of complications.For details, discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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If you cross eyes for a long period of time, will it stay like that?

If you cross eyes for a long period of time, will it stay like that?

Most likely no: As far as strabismus causes crossing your eyes is not one of the causes of this problem. There are neurological, traumatic, congenital and many other causes of strabismus. ...Read more

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How long does crossed eyes associated with strabismus last?

How long does crossed eyes associated with strabismus last?

Usually until treatd: Strabismus comes in many forms. Some crossing patterns are congenital and can dampen with age often during childhood. Other forms are latent or exhibit themselves during periods of higher fatigue such as late in the day or when sleepy. Many forms will persist until corrected by glasses (prism) or surgery. See your ophthalmologist for specific suggestions. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between crossed eyes, and strabismus?

I want to know what is the difference between crossed eyes, and strabismus?

Crossing one type: Strabismus is a term that applies to any type of deviation of the normal eye position. Crossing eyes is only one type of strabismus (although there can be different causes for the crossing eyes). ...Read more

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What's the difference between strabismus & cranial nerve palsies that effect the eyes? Can cranial nerve palsies cause strabismus?

What's the difference between strabismus & cranial nerve palsies that effect the eyes? Can cranial nerve palsies cause strabismus?

Different patterns: Strabismus is the generic term for eye misalignment of any cause. If from childhood, the eyes are separated about the same in all positions. If from cranial palsy, the degree of separation goes from normal away from the action of the muscles, to a very wide difference in the direction of the action of that muscle. An ophthalmologist can usually readily make this distinction. ...Read more

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Can strabismus (cross eyes) be fixed by lazer surgery or intraocular lenses?

Can strabismus (cross eyes) be fixed by lazer surgery or intraocular lenses?

I'm afraid not.: Neither of these surgeries will work, but there is a type of strabismus surgery that will often help. You need to seek a strabismus specialist. ...Read more

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I have ambiopia due to prescription difference (hyperopia) I don't have cross eyes or "roaming" eye. Is my child likely to get the same thing?

Not necessarily: Amblyopia is not itself hereditary but the factors which can cause it can be. In other words, your children may not get amblyopia but they are more likely to have a difference in prescription between the two eyes (anisometropia). Take your children to see an eye doctor at 6 months of age and again and 3 years of age. This way, any problems can be corrected in time to prevent amblyopia. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between strabismus and lazy eye? I though they were the same things, but now i’m reading that they’re not and they can each cause the other. I’m confused!

What’s the difference between strabismus and lazy eye? I though they were the same things, but now i’m reading that they’re not and they can each cause the other. I’m confused!

Not the same: Strabismus means the eyes are crossed - when eyes are crossed in a young child the brain will get confused and ignore the crossed eye, leading to amblyopia or "lazy eye." other causes of a lazy eye can be a very high prescription in one eye that is asymmetric; again the brain starts to ignore the eye with the high prescription (because the image is blurred) and therefore develops amblyopia. ...Read more

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Name the various tests for strabismus (cross eye).?

Name the various tests for strabismus (cross eye).?

Sensorimotor exam: The sensorimotor exam checks the extra ocular movements and measures deviation of the eyes with special lenses called prisms. Checks depth perception or tridimentional vision (titmus or randot test). ...Read more

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What is the difference between amblyopia(lazy eye) and strabismus(cross eyed)?

Big diffrence: Crossed eyes, may result in amblyopia of the eye less used. The brain will mask the image form that eye so patient doesn't see double. Crossed eyes in children less than 2 years old need to be straightened as soon as possible after reasonable amblyopia therapy if present. If eyes are straightened before age 2 3d visison usually develops. Between 2-4 it drops significantly. >4 not possible. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the treatments for strabismus(cross eye)?

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Help doctors! what're the treatments for strabismus(cross eye)?

Depends on the type.: There are many causes for strabismus and management is different for children and for adults. Treatments include observation, patching, glasses, medication, and surgery, depending on the cause, severity, and type of strabismus. Eye patching in children should only be done under the guidance of your eye doctor, as patching can cause amblyopia (lazy eye). ...Read more

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I have strabismus, and so people don't know which of my eyes to look at. What can I do?

I have strabismus, and so people don't know which of my eyes to look at.  What can I do?

Muscle surgery: Children with strabismus can be aided by a combination of surgery and prescription eye wear. Those who continue to have strabismus into adulthood may also benefit from surgery or glasses (or both) in order to straighten the eyes, but the "lazy" eye may stray out over time. Have an evaluation with a strabismus/pediatric ophthalmologist, regardless of your age to learn about your options. ...Read more

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Can you have Strabismus in both eyes?

Can you have Strabismus in both eyes?

Strabismus: Strabismus or imbalance of eye muscles can occur in up to 4% of the population and can involve both eyes. See a Pediartric ophthmologist who can best diagnose and treat this problem. all the best. ...Read more

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Do people ever have strabismus with both eyes turned in?

Do people ever have strabismus with both eyes turned in?

Yes: Children with high far-sightedness develop overactive accomodation and both eyes turn in. ...Read more

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I've hidden strabismus makes my eyes slightly outside it occurs when i look to far object what exercises i can do to strength the muscle?

I've hidden strabismus makes my eyes slightly outside it occurs when i look to far object what exercises i can do to strength the muscle?

Exercise won't help: There is no real evidence that eye "exercises" help strabismus. Your best bet for relief is to see your ophthalmologist to determine if new glasses (perhaps with a prism) will help. If not, there may be a surgical option that helps. ...Read more

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How long will it take for eyes to be straight after strabismus surgery?

How long will it take for eyes to be straight after strabismus surgery?

Depends...: Ask your eye surgeon. It depends on how deviated the eyes were before. If he or she used adjustable sutures, it may be necessary to touch up your surgical correction. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would my eyes will be perfectly aligned after strabismus surgery?

Hi docs, would my eyes will be perfectly aligned after strabismus surgery?

Maybe,maybe not: This is definitely delicate work. I would want the procedure done by someone who trained in a fellowship specifically for strabismus surgery and had ample experience. Even in the most experienced hands perfect alignment may be difficult to achieve. ...Read more

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One of my eyes turn outwards (extropia). I want to get strabismus surgery done. How effective would it be?

One of my eyes turn outwards (extropia). I want to get strabismus surgery done. How effective would it be?

Alignment =surgery: Persistent alignment issues will often require delicate surgery on the muscles that move the eyeball have your eye dr refer you to someone who has completed the training to do thei special eye surgery. They are often affiliated with children's hospitals (more common in childhood) or medical schools. ...Read more

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I have strabismus in both eyes will i eventually get blind? I already have trouble seeing and one of my eye vision is worst than the other.

I have strabismus in both eyes will i eventually get blind? I already have trouble seeing and one of my eye vision is worst than the other.

Strabismus: is a misalignment of the eyes, sometimes called crossed eyes or lazy eyes. Please consult an eye doctor. It is not related to blindness and there are exercises and surgeries that can help, perhaps an eye patch. Please ask your eye doctor about these and get a second opinion if the first one is not helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have strabismus.... one of my eyes go out occasionally and I am able to get them back aligned but it gives me headaches. Therapy or Surgery?

I have strabismus.... one of my eyes go out occasionally and I am able to get them back aligned but it gives me headaches. Therapy or Surgery?

Either may help: YOu have not mentioned your age. This will have bearing on it if you are too young. If you are over 15 - 18 you should ask your opthalmologist. If you are able to keep it in most of the time I would try therapy first to avoid surgery . Best wishes. ...Read more

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can smoking cannabis after strabismus repair surgery adversely affect your eyes?

can smoking cannabis after strabismus repair surgery adversely affect your eyes?

Surgical healing: Yes. Smoking cannabis will slow healing and can lead to scarring and reduce the success of the surgical correction. Try to avoid smoking tobacco or cannabis for two months after surgery. ...Read more

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If prism lenses don't move your eyes, why are my eye muscles so sore? 6dp bo both eyes/2.5dp bu/2.5dp bd -strabismus surgery failure 4 months ago

Incomplete correctio: Prisms shift the image so that your eyes do not have to do the work. You should have an explanation from your surgeon as to why the surgery failed and what to do next. After four months the eyes should not be hurting unless there is something else going on. This needs an evaluation by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Had strabismus in both eyes forever,had a dozen surgeries,can only focus with one eye at a time,when i try to hold them forward i get a headache and blurred vision and cant pay attention because it takes too much effort. what else can i do?

Had strabismus in both eyes forever,had a dozen surgeries,can only focus with one eye at a time,when i try to hold them forward i get a headache and blurred vision and cant pay attention because it takes too much effort. what else can i do?

Uncorrected: strabismus may affect 2-eye vision will not affect one-eye vision. I've had the same issues since birth (I'm 58) and I'm a dentist! I learned to use one eye at a time and not "force" holding them together. Since multiple surgeries did not correct it, this may be your best option. I use one eye for distance and one for close up reading. Your surgeon should help you adapt. ...Read more

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How infrequent is the eye condition strabismus?

4%: 4% of the pupulation is either born with, or develops manifest strabismus. Strabismus refers to the eyes being misaligned: esotropia-turned in, exotropia-turned out, hyperopia-up, hyotropia-down, or a combination. Congental stabismus is treated early. ...Read more

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For strabismus, do you need to close or open the patched eye?

For strabismus, do you need to close or open the patched eye?

Patching: The patched eye should remain open under the patch. The patched eye should always be the stronger or preferred eye. ...Read more

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How unusual is the eye condition strabismus?

Very common: Strabismus, or misaligned eyes, is a very common disorder. It does not require treatment in most cases. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the rarity of the eye condition strabismus?

Strabismus: Strabismus is not rare in fact it is quite common in children and if found early can be corrected. Some strabismus is caused by vision problems and other is cause by weak muscles. If this is your problem go see an ophthomologist ie. Eye doctor. ...Read more