Pronounced: Stra-BIZ-musEn Español (Spanish Version)
Strabismus is a problem with the alignment of the eyes. One or both of the eyes are turned in, out, up, or down. Strabismus is most common in children but may occur in adults. It can lead to permanent vision loss if it is not detected and treated in a timely manner.
Appearance of Strabismus
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There are two types:
- Constant strabismus—the eye turns all the time
- Intermittent strabismus—the eye turns only some of the time, like in times of stress, illness, concentration, or when tired
Strabismus is caused by a lack of coordination between the muscles in the eyes. This can happen due to:
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Michael Woods, MD
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