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How old should a child be to start correcting crossed-eyes?
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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics
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In brief: 2 months
Babies should have better focus around 2-3 months.
If not corrected by 4 months and eye exam should be considered.

In brief: 2 months
Babies should have better focus around 2-3 months.
If not corrected by 4 months and eye exam should be considered.
Dr. Kelly Kane
Dr. Kelly Kane
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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
In treating crossed eyes in infants with otherwise normal eye exam, time is of extreme importance. First if there is a lazy eye; it should be treated. But since single binocular vision (SBV) (3 dimensional vision) usually develops well if the eyes are straightened before age 2, once strabismus is fixed by age 6 months and not related to high farsightedness the sooner you do the surgery the better the chance of developing 3D vision. Age 2-4 the chance of recovering single binocular vision or 3d vision decreases rapidly as to almost being impossible to achieve after age 5 even if the eyes are straightened, and if the crossed eyes existed before age 2. Actually it is the SBV that keeps the eyes straight, so if a 6 month old with crossed eye is straightened with surgery and develops SBV then the eyes stay straight. It is usually esotropia or crossed eyes that are treated late (after age 4-5) that don’t develop SBV that will cross in or out again, and strabismus recurs. A pediatric ophthalmologist is your best choice in children.
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