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Strabismus (eye turn)

What is Strabismus?
Strabismus is commonly called by various names: eye turns, crossed eyes, cross-eyed, wall-eyes, wandering eyes, deviating eye, etc. Strabismus is not the same condition as "lazy eye" (amblyopia).

A strabismus is defined as a condition in which the eyes deviate (turn) when looking at the object of regard. The object of regard would be the target that you, the patient, regards (aims eyes toward, looks at!). Eye doctors generally look for the presence of a strabismus when looking at distance (20 feet or more); at near (16 inches for an adult and 13 inches for a child); and the lateral and vertical directions (up, down, left, or right).

When the eye turn occurs all of the time, it is called constant strabismus. When the eye turn occurs only some of the time, it is called intermittent strabismus. With intermittent strabismus, the eye turn might be observed only occasionally, such as during stressful situations or when the person is ill.

Constant or Intermittent Strabismus?
This is one of the most important findings the eye doctor makes! This distinction has a great impact on decisions regarding timing and types of treatment. It is important for you, as a parent, or patient to understand the difference.

There have been huge researched advancements in the treatment of strabismus.  Find an eye doctor who has a fellowship in vision development with F.C.O.V.D. behind their name for the latest in treatment for strabismus.  

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