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What is strabismus?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
13 doctors agree

In brief: Crossed eyes

Strabismus is when the eyes do not move together to look at the same thing.
It can be there all the time, or it can be intermittant.

In brief: Crossed eyes

Strabismus is when the eyes do not move together to look at the same thing.
It can be there all the time, or it can be intermittant.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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10 doctors agree

In brief: Crossed eyes...

...Or divergent gaze (eyes looking away from each other).
Usually has an underlying vision problem such as myopia or cataract.

In brief: Crossed eyes...

...Or divergent gaze (eyes looking away from each other).
Usually has an underlying vision problem such as myopia or cataract.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Christopher Larson
Divergent gaze; out turning eyes, can be the result of several possible underlying problems. The most common is familial strabismus
Dr. Dean Bonsall
Crossed eyes (Esotropia) is convergent strabismus, drifting eyes (Exotropia) is divergent strabismus.
Dr. Mark Pyfer
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Crossed eyes

Strabismus is a general term for any deviation in the position of the eyes other than perfect alignment.
When a person with strabismus looks at you, one eye will be straight, the other could be pointing in any direction... In, out, up, or down. Sometimes variable or intermittent. The causes are too numerous to list. Pediatric ophthalmologists usually specialize in treatment of strabismus.

In brief: Crossed eyes

Strabismus is a general term for any deviation in the position of the eyes other than perfect alignment.
When a person with strabismus looks at you, one eye will be straight, the other could be pointing in any direction... In, out, up, or down. Sometimes variable or intermittent. The causes are too numerous to list. Pediatric ophthalmologists usually specialize in treatment of strabismus.
Dr. Mark Pyfer
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: "lazy" eye

Strabismus is sometimes referred to as lazy eye or crossed eyes.
It is usually due to an imbalance, or weakness of, the muscles which control one or both eyes. It is best diagnosed and treated early. For more info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001004.Htm.

In brief: "lazy" eye

Strabismus is sometimes referred to as lazy eye or crossed eyes.
It is usually due to an imbalance, or weakness of, the muscles which control one or both eyes. It is best diagnosed and treated early. For more info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001004.Htm.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lazy eye

Lazy or crossed eye called strabismus.
When the eye muscles are in coordination between the two eyes then it causes imbalance. If the muscle is weak in one side then the other eye overrides it and causes the muscle to move to the stronger side to draft away. The eye muscles are controlled by the nerves from the brain. This needs immediate attention of an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Lazy eye

Lazy or crossed eye called strabismus.
When the eye muscles are in coordination between the two eyes then it causes imbalance. If the muscle is weak in one side then the other eye overrides it and causes the muscle to move to the stronger side to draft away. The eye muscles are controlled by the nerves from the brain. This needs immediate attention of an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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Dr. Johan Zwaan
Ophthalmology - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Misalignment of eyes

Any misalignment of the eyes constitutes strabismus, whether it is crossed eyes, wall eyes, or vertical.
Occasionally it is caused by poor vision in an eye (cataract, trauma etc.) but mostly it is a primary, independent problem. Strabismus in a young child (10 years) usually does not give diplopia (double vision) due to suppression of the vision in one eye. Adults with newly acquired strabismus d.

In brief: Misalignment of eyes

Any misalignment of the eyes constitutes strabismus, whether it is crossed eyes, wall eyes, or vertical.
Occasionally it is caused by poor vision in an eye (cataract, trauma etc.) but mostly it is a primary, independent problem. Strabismus in a young child (10 years) usually does not give diplopia (double vision) due to suppression of the vision in one eye. Adults with newly acquired strabismus d.
Dr. Johan Zwaan
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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cross-eyed, lazy eye

Strabismus, commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which both eyes not align simultaneously under normal conditions.
Only 23% of babies are actually born with straight eyes, yet gradually as eye muscle coordination improves most infants straighten by 3 months. If not improved by 6 months, most pediatricians would suggest consultation with a pediatric eye specialist.

In brief: Cross-eyed, lazy eye

Strabismus, commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which both eyes not align simultaneously under normal conditions.
Only 23% of babies are actually born with straight eyes, yet gradually as eye muscle coordination improves most infants straighten by 3 months. If not improved by 6 months, most pediatricians would suggest consultation with a pediatric eye specialist.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Eyes not aligned

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly.
There are many types and causes, including mechanical, neurological, and refractive. If it occurs at a very young age, it can result in abnormal development of the visual system, known as amblyopia.

In brief: Eyes not aligned

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly.
There are many types and causes, including mechanical, neurological, and refractive. If it occurs at a very young age, it can result in abnormal development of the visual system, known as amblyopia.
Dr. Todd Purkiss
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Misaligned eyes

Strabismus is the professional term for eyes out of alignment.
Most common in childhood, it comes about from excess hyperopia, or a failure of the coordination center in the brain to keep the eyes together. It commonly is accompanied by a lowered vision in one eye which can become permanent (amblyopia). A pediatric ophthalmologist should be seen quickly or a neuro-ophthalmologist if an adult.

In brief: Misaligned eyes

Strabismus is the professional term for eyes out of alignment.
Most common in childhood, it comes about from excess hyperopia, or a failure of the coordination center in the brain to keep the eyes together. It commonly is accompanied by a lowered vision in one eye which can become permanent (amblyopia). A pediatric ophthalmologist should be seen quickly or a neuro-ophthalmologist if an adult.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Misalignment

Any misalignment of the eyes.
There are many types and many causes. Most are noticeable, but some are not noticeable to an untrained eye. Some are always visible and some cone and go.

In brief: Misalignment

Any misalignment of the eyes.
There are many types and many causes. Most are noticeable, but some are not noticeable to an untrained eye. Some are always visible and some cone and go.
Dr. Tod Haller
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Eyes not aligned

Strabismus is when the eyes are not pointed in the same direction (not looking at the same thing) when the child is gazing around.
Normally, his eyes are aligned and looking in the same direction when he is gazing up, down, ahead, or to the left or right. It's ok for the eyes not to be aligned when looking to the extreme left or extreme right (the eye turning towards the nose can't move as far).

In brief: Eyes not aligned

Strabismus is when the eyes are not pointed in the same direction (not looking at the same thing) when the child is gazing around.
Normally, his eyes are aligned and looking in the same direction when he is gazing up, down, ahead, or to the left or right. It's ok for the eyes not to be aligned when looking to the extreme left or extreme right (the eye turning towards the nose can't move as far).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology

In brief: Crossed eye

In simplest terms, that's what it is.
There a a zillion different types and some are symptomatic and some are not. But it's a crossed eye(s).

In brief: Crossed eye

In simplest terms, that's what it is.
There a a zillion different types and some are symptomatic and some are not. But it's a crossed eye(s).
Dr. Matthew Goren
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Crossed eyes

Essentially, strabismus is a problem when the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same thing at the same time.
The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes." there are many causes and many different variations.

In brief: Crossed eyes

Essentially, strabismus is a problem when the two eyes do not line up in the same direction, and therefore do not look at the same thing at the same time.
The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes." there are many causes and many different variations.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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