What is Strabismus? (Crossed Eyes or Eye Turns)
Strabismus is commonly referred to as a crossed eye or wandering eye. It is a visual condition in which a person cannot align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions. The result is the appearance of one eye turning in, out, up or down in relationship to the other. A person with strabismus has reduced binocular function and depth perception. People who have strabismus struggle with visual space orientation. This orientation is a mental phenomenon that exists in the visual cortex of the brain. If left untreated, the eye that turns may develop reduced visual acuity, a condition known as amblyopia, or lazy eye. Whether the eye turn is constant (when the eye turns all of the time) or intermittent (turning only some of the time), strabismus always requires treatment. It will not go away on its own and children will not outgrow it.