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Strabismus or crossed-eyes is an eye abnormality that usually occurs in infants. Kids with crossed-eyes are usually picked on and bullied in school.

Strabismus is a condition in which a person’s eyes are not able to align on the same point at the same time, and appear to be misaligned or pointed in different directions.

Crossed-eyes develop most often in babies. It is easier to correct when it is detected early.

This is not a condition in which babies or children simply outgrow, so children with eyes that seem to be misaligned should be examined and treated if necessary.

An expert submitted in everydayhealth.com that it is common for the eyes to not be perfectly aligned in infants. By the age of six months, however, a child’s eyes should be aligned and straight.

If the situation goes on long enough, the brain essentially forgets how to use the misaligned eye, even if you fix the problem later on.

In the same vein, if the problem goes on for too long before the child is treated; permanent loss of depth perception or vision can result.

Treatment

In order to improve vision, the weakened muscles in the affected eye or eyes must be put to work.

According to a report in www.bausch.com, several treatments may be used alone or in combination, depending on the type, severity, and cause of strabismus.

  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses – this method may help people who have crossed-eyes due to an uncorrected farsightedness
  • Injected medication – commonly known as Botox, the injection relaxes the contracted muscles in the eyes, making it easier for the eyes to focus where they need to.
  • Surgery – straightens and realigns muscles in the eyes; this method has a high success rate although it is expensive and involves more risk than other options.
  • Patching or covering the better-seeing eye – similar to eye drops or ointment, this method works to strengthen the weakened eye.

Crossed-eyes is not a permanent disability once it is detected on time and treated as early as possible. Crossed-eyes can be reversed.

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Author: Dotun Obatuyi

My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.