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I always heard if you cross your eyes for a long time, they stick?

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Dr. Asim Piracha
Ophthalmology
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In brief: No, this is a myth

Crossing your eyes intentionally will not lead them to "sticking", but it can cause some accommodative spasm if done for a prolonged period of time (hours) - which can make the distance vision blurry, make the pupils more mitotic (or smaller) and make the eyes turn in some.
Accommodative spasm can be reversed with relaxing the eyes and focusing on a distant target or with reading glasses.

In brief: No, this is a myth

Crossing your eyes intentionally will not lead them to "sticking", but it can cause some accommodative spasm if done for a prolonged period of time (hours) - which can make the distance vision blurry, make the pupils more mitotic (or smaller) and make the eyes turn in some.
Accommodative spasm can be reversed with relaxing the eyes and focusing on a distant target or with reading glasses.
Dr. Asim Piracha
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