Strabismus, or crossed eyes, is a condition where one or both eyes turn in, out, up, or down. The turn may occur all or only some of the time, such as when someone is tired or after prolonged close work.
When the eyes do not align properly, double vision and poor depth perception can result. Risk factors for strabismus include family history, a high amount of farsightedness, or a medical condition such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, or head trauma.
Strabismus can occur at any age, but is most common in young children. Treatments include eyeglasses or contact lenses, prism lenses, vision therapy, or eye muscle surgery. If you or someone you know has strabismus, schedule a visit to your optometrist today.