Commonly referred to as crossed-eyes, strabismus is an eye condition where the eyes do not work together to focus on the same object.
Strabismus is the result of the 6 muscles around your eye not working in unison. The result is 2 different images being relayed to your brain from each eye. As you can imagine, this is incredibly confusing for your brain. Ultimately, it chooses to focus on and process the images from only one of the eyes.
TThe eye ignored by your brain will weaken considerably over time, leading to decreased vision that eye. This can only be prevented by early detection and treatment (via regular eye exams).
Strabismus is classified by the direction the eye turns:
Most cases of strabismus occur in early childhood, for both girls and boys.
Potential causes for developing strabismus in adulthood include:
Proper eye alignment is important for having good depth perception, avoiding seeing double, and to prevent loss of vision in the misaligned eye.
Strabismus can present its symptoms occasionally or consistently. Common symptoms include:
One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye turns inward, up, down, or outward. An eye turn may be consistent, or come and go.